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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 May 2017 2:33 p.m. PST

Peter Andrews, in Slingshot 310, wrote an article pondering the nature of Mithridates' heavy cavalry. Which possibility do you favor?

* lance-armed companion cavalry of Alexander and his Successors
* Persian-style horsemen with javelin
* Sarmatian-style cavalry
* Armenian-style cataphracts
etc.

JMcCarroll Inactive Member23 May 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

A mix of some or all?

evilgong23 May 2017 4:29 p.m. PST

I'm not sure if successor xystophori (sp) lancers would be still about, the rest would probably appear in his army in some way.

wrgmr123 May 2017 6:03 p.m. PST

Evilgong is correct, no successors but the other three in some form or another.

basileus66 Inactive Member23 May 2017 9:15 p.m. PST

I think that the answer should be: it depends. Mithridates was fighting Rome from almost 20 years. His armies would have field different types of heavy cavalry, according circumstances. At the height of his power it is reasonable to think that his armies would have included heavier armored types, as those were usually aristocrats and it is probable that they would have been willing to support Mithridates when he looked like he could actually defeat Rome and consolidate his conquests in Anatolia and Greece.

The Last Conformist23 May 2017 9:47 p.m. PST

Sarmatian-style cavalry was surely provided by his Bosporan domains; similarly Armenian cataphracts by his Armenian allies. But what Peter tried to establish was the nature of the nature of the heavy cavalry of Pontus itself.

Phillius Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2017 12:58 a.m. PST

My Pontic Nobles are a mixture of Greek and Persian types of horsemen on Persian style horses, some with frontal armour.
I use Tin Soldier 25mm.

Khusrau Inactive Member27 May 2017 5:11 p.m. PST

Sarmatian or Parthian Style.

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2017 3:00 a.m. PST

Same as the Kappadokians. Whatever they looked like.

Herce Salon de Guerre03 Jun 2017 6:14 a.m. PST

I have Bosphorian, Greek and Armenian, all look very different to each other.

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