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Tango0101 May 2023 9:12 p.m. PST

"When Rome was just one of many small states in Italy competing with its neighbours for influence and resources, the native troops that she could put into the field were overwhelmingly on foot. Her meagre cavalry was often supplemented by that of her allies at the time, of which the horsemen of Campania were the most renowned. Of course, over time, shifting alliances meant the allies of one day might be the enemies of another, so this set of Italian Allied Cavalry represents a number of different tribes, any of whom might fight with or against the Romans, or against each other. Even the Samnites, famously the opposition during the Samnite Wars of 343 BCE to 290 BCE, were at times Rome's allies, and some conflicts of the period did not involve Rome at all, so these horsemen depict the elite of many tribal groupings during the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE…"





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