The Horse in the Ancient World
TO BE PUBLISHED: 3 APRIL 2003
HARDBACK £20.00 ISBN: 0 7509 2160 9
unique overview of the uses and development of the horse in ancient
Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia.
This book '. . . should change the way we think about both
the military and the cultural history of early empires.'
Professor F. E. Walbank CBE, FBA
have spun fantasies around the relationship between horse and man,
from Pegasus and the centaurs of ancient Greek mythology to Jonathan
Swift's Houynhnms and Yahoos. However it is less common for historians
to analyse the decisive role played by the horse in some of the
main episodes of human history.
by an experienced breeder, trainer and skilled endurance rider who
knows what a horse can and cannot do, this book explores the role
of the horse in ancient civilisations including the Hittites, the
Seleukid Kingdom in Mesopotamia, the Steppe and Hun tribes. Ann
Hyland uses her own experience to support evidence from Babylonia,
Assyria, Palestine, Egypt and Greece about all aspects of horsemanship
and its importance to rulers such as Ramses II, Solomon and Alexander
the Great. Illustrated with a wide variety of images from documentary,
archaeological and literary sources, it offers a global perspective
on the period 2300 BC to 300 BC.
Hyland has established herself as a leading expert on the history
of the horse with a background in horse-breeding and training. She
has worked with the makers of television programmes such as Battlefield
Walks (BBC) and The Warhorse (The History Channel). Her other publications
include The Medieval Warhorse: From Byzantium to the Crusades (Sutton,
1994), The Warhorse 1250-1600 (Sutton, 1998) and The Horse in the
Middle Ages (Sutton, 1999). She lives near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.