Campanian Cavalry

Recruitment Cost 1,290
Upkeep Cost 200
Melee Attack 69
Weapon Damage 41
Bonus vs. Large 0
Charge Bonus 33
Melee Defence 30
Armour 90
Health 100
Base Morale 70
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Very good attack
  • Average defence
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Good morale

From the 8th century BC, when Greeks settlers established trading posts along Italy’s eastern seaboard in the vicinity of modern-day Naples, the region of Campania was part of Magna Graecia. It remained so, a stalwart of Hellenistic civilisation, until its aggressive Samnite neighbours began to migrate from their mountainous homelands, displacing the Greek culture and language prevalent there. In a land famed for its sweeping landscapes - ideal for the breeding of strong horses - the emergent Campanian nobility developed their renowned cavalry. Carrying heavy javelins for skirmishing and swords for melee, they used speed, agility and flexibility of tactics to inflict damage on more heavily armed, and therefore slower moving, opponents. Following the Samnite Wars with Rome, around the beginning of the 3rd century BC, Campanians provided the basis of the Socii cavalry attached to Roman Legions. Well-trained in their people’s equestrian traditions, they were highly valued horsemen and greatly respected warriors.

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