Etruscan Cavalry


During the period of the wars with Pyrrhus, the Etruscans (from Etruria - mostly modern Tuscany) were allied with Rome, and supplied troops. It's not entirely clear whether they were armed and equipped 'Roman style' or in their own, original 'native' style (which is really an 'Italian take' on Greek hoplite equipment). I have opted to go for them being 'regular' Roman-like - so in the gallery, you'll find veles, hastati, principes, triarii and now cavalry. Rome didn't have very much cavalry, supplying just 300 per legion; the allies seem to have brought more.

Copyright Dr. P.C. Hendry, 2010