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  •  IIRC, it was in the (8+ / 0-)

    The History of Warfare , one of his many books on warfare that John Keegan  wrote about the Chariot Culture and the use of the horse.  The horse was arguable the most powerful weapon of war known to ancient cultures.
    Keegan was a controversial historian, ( he died in April of this year) however, it's his opinions and conclusions that are controversial not so much his facts.  One of his conclusions was that the horse was used originally to pull chariots because at the time they were to small and backs to weak to carry a rider for extended periods. Pictographic carvings of the Sumerian period show riders riding horses in the same way as they rode donkeys – sitting over the back legs.
    But, when hooked up to a chariot they could move a warrior rapidly for extended periods.  Need more riders per chariot? – hook up more horses.
     The Hyksos invasion of Eygpt in the 16th century BCE is the first recorded incident of a large number of warriors on horse back – although they used chariots extensively, the mounted warrior was a significant factor in the defeat of the Egyptian army.
    Good diary T&R

    "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov (8.25 / -5.64}

    by carver on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 11:25:56 AM PDT

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