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Initially the term hippeis (ἱππεῖς/hippeîs, ‘rider’) denoted warriors who went into battle on horseback. In view of the great importance of hoplite warfare ( hoplítai ) during the archaic and classical periods, the hippeis did not play a substantial military role; often  horses were used only for the way to the battlefield. One reason for this was the fact that many areas of Greece provided only limited possibility to raise large numbers of horses (Hom. Od. 4,601ff.; Pl. Leg. 625d; cf. also Str. 8,8,1). Significantly, in areas where the situation was more suitable,  cava…

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Gehrke, Hans-Joachim (Freiburg), “Hippeis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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