Tarentine Horseman of Magna Graecia

430–190 BC

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Tarentine Horseman of Magna Graecia

430–190 BC

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Osprey's study of the Tarentine horsemen from 430 to 190 BC. The Taras were the leading power of the scattered Greek states of southern Italy and built their reputation on the unmatched horse warriors who helped the Taras claim and maintain their power. These horsemen, who excelled in valor and wealth not only served on their home soil, but were in great demand abroad and were often exported as mercenaries. In this book, expert author Nic Fields examines the Taras horsemen in detail, using rare artifacts and contemporary sources to create an account which reveals the day to day lives of these warriors together with their experiences in battle.

Fields discusses the Taras tactics, weapons and equipment, detailing how they bred the horses that were so essential to their success. He goes on to reveal how their prowess extended to beyond the battlefield in the arena of tribal games. With a wealth of contemporary sources and rare artifacts illustrated with specially commissioned color artwork and rare photographs, this is an intriguing insight into the everyday lives of these horsemen and reveals how they acquired the skills that made them so crucial to the Taras' fate.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Organization · The Horse · Appearance · Equipment · On Campaign · Belief and Belonging · In Combat · Bibliography · Colour Plate Commentary · Index

Product details

Published Oct 21 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846032790
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 3 b/w; 44 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 130
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Nic Fields

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist b…

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Seán Ó’Brógáin

Seán Ó’Brógáin lives and works in Donegal, I…

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