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Roman Auxiliary Cavalryman: AD 14–193 (Warrior) Paperback – January 31, 2006
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Insights into the real lives of history's fighting men, packed with full colour illustrations, highly detailed cutaways, exploded artwork of weaponry and armour, and action-packed battle scenes.
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Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the military, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher based in south-west France.
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First published in 2006, it follows a pattern that has now become a bit of a standard. It deals with recruitment, organization, equipment and appearance, training and exercises, conditions of service (pay, rewards and diet) and military day-to-day life before examining the role of the auxiliary cavalryman on campaign. It also presents some tentative numbers on Roman cavalry and their growing importance across the two-century period covered.
A nice touch has been to introduce an "After service" section that deals with the discharge of the veteran cavalrymen - the few that survived their 25 years of service - his death and burial. Also included in this section is a presentation of some of the quite numerous cavalry tombstones which have been discovered.
The contents are a good summary and therefore a goof introduction. The emphasis and the pieces on the equipment, the horse's diet and the training of both horse and rider come from Ann Hyland's books on "The Horse in the Roman world" and "Training the Roman Cavalry" based on Arrian's Tactical Treaty. The main points are both well-presented and well summarized
Just like the rest of the book, the plates are also good, even if neither of them is spectacular nor terribly original. You get the almost usual mix of plates on equipment, recruitment, horses, training, parade, battle, aftermath of the battle. Four stars.