By Robert Drews

During this wide-ranging and sometimes arguable e-book, Robert Drews examines the query of the origins of man's relatives with the pony. He questions the idea that at the Eurasian steppe males have been using in conflict as early as 4000 BC, and means that it was once now not until eventually round 900 BC that males wherever - no matter if within the close to East and the Aegean or at the steppes of Asia - have been informed adequate to address a bow, sword or spear whereas on horseback. After setting up whilst, the place, and most significantly why reliable using begun, Drews is going directly to exhibit how driving raiders terrorized the civilized global within the 7th century BC, and the way relevant cavalry was once to the luck of the Median and Persian empires. Drawing on archaeological, iconographic and textual proof, this is often the 1st e-book dedicated to the query of whilst horseback riders grew to become vital in strive against. Comprehensively illustrated, this ebook could be crucial studying for somebody attracted to the origins of civilization in Eurasia, and the advance of man's army courting with the pony.

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47 Even without being broken and without the constraint of a bridle or halter an old mare may have been placid enough that its owner might have been able to hitch a ride home on horseback. 48 Riding herd—and especially the herding of horses—would have required an immeasurably higher level of horsemanship, and is therefore an altogether different Horsemeat 19 question. When they moved a herd of cattle from one grazing area to another, nineteenthcentury riders in the American West had to have full control of their mounts, and had to be able to exploit all of their horses’ speed and quickness.

This proposition, as we shall see, rests on no evidence at all. It seems much more likely that within a few decades—or at most a few generations—of taking up riding the Near Easterners would have reached a level of horsemanship not terribly inferior to that of the people whom they Speed 37 were trying to emulate. In other words, what we learn about the beginning of horsemanship ca. 2000 BC in the Near East, the only region for which that period is documented by textual and pictorial evidence, should tell us something about the evolution of horsemanship throughout the ancient world.

38; courtesy Mary Aiken Littauer and Joost Crouwell. What holds for Syria and Mesopotamia seems to hold also for adjacent lands. 8) has almost as many canine as equine characteristics, but since the mane seems to have been of special interest to the artist we may suppose that he was trying to depict a horse. 42 More interesting, and far more certain, is the style of riding and the means of control. The rider is perched “side-saddle” on the animal’s croup, and holds a single line that leads to a ring through the beast’s nose.

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