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By V. Vuksic, Z. Grbasic

Over a hundred colour work of fastened cavalry throughout the centuries--in the main spectacularly illustrated publication at the topic ever published--highlight this tribute to 2,500 years of history's so much attention-grabbing struggling with strength. From the early upward thrust of Assyrians, Persians, Carthaginians, and Romans, view the ascendency of Parthians, Goths, Byzantines, Mongols, and the Ottoman Empire, and stick to it to the 20th-century triumphs of Texas Rangers, Russian Cossacks, Bengal Lancers, and the Royal Canadian fastened Police.

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After the battle, Croesus sent messengers to consult the Greek oracle at Delphi. The oracle said a great empire was to fall, and Croesus arrogantly assumed that the Persian Empire was headed for destruction. He began meticulous preparations for war, but while he was still about them the supposedly doomed Cyrus invaded Lydia, captured Sardis, the capital, and annexed the country. Persia set up several provinces in the conquered areas of Asia Minor, including one named Phrygia. In the past two centuries archaeological excavations have been made in this former Persian province, and have yielded ample evidence of the quondam glory of Lydia and Phrygia.

This rolling and fertile area was the path taken by barbarian tribes who came from the north, some of whom certainly contributed to the downfall of the Hittite kingdom. About 800BC, a people called the Phrygians set up their kingdom in Anatolia, which later became the Lydian kingdom. The country was rich, and the inhabitants made good use of its gifts, including minerals. Electrum, an alloy of gold and silver, was known to the Lydians, who found it in the river Pactolus, and used this 'white gold' to make the first coins we know of.

Each squadron of the Companions was recruited from its county and bore its name, and probably had its distinctive colours too. Equipment and weaponry did not differ much from the Greek, but the helmet was distinctly Macedonian. Later, during campaigns lasting several years, lost equipment was made good in various ways, and the appearance of the men became Hellenic. Alexander himself had his helmet damaged by an axe blow from a Persian rider at the Battle of Granicus, and replaced it with a Boeotian helmet.

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