Light Cavalry

Recruitment Cost 440
Upkeep Cost 90
Melee Attack 38
Weapon Damage 25
Bonus vs. Large 15
Charge Bonus 29
Melee Defence 50
Armour 35
Health 75
Base Morale 40
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Average attack
  • Weak defence
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Poor morale

The early Greek cavalry took roughly the same form throughout the city-states, being comprised of citizens able to afford and maintain a horse. After the Greco-Persian Wars, city-states such as Athens founded more permanent cavalry funded by annual grants. Right through the Peloponnesian War however, this volunteer cavalry continued to be few in numbers, and was used principally to chase skirmishers and fleeing hoplites. It was not that cavalry were ineffectual in Greek warfare, as shown by the Theban victory at the Battle of Delium in 424BC, but until this time they had been underused and lacked the numbers to make a decisive impact. Often wearing a metal helm and a mailed cuirass reaching down to their knees, they were equipped with a long sword and a spear, usable as both a lance and a javelin. However, a lack of saddle and stirrups, unused by the Greeks of the time, made them relatively easy to knock from horseback.

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