Equus. The Horse in the Roman World.
Batsford, London, 1990. 1st ed. XIII,285,(XVI)p. ills.(B&W photographs,map). Hard bound with dust wrps. Nice copy. 'A glance at the Table of Contents shows that the title of this book, although it contains several detailed discussions of problems of major interest to students of the subject, is misleading. The author is evidently a skilled horsewoman, and her chapters on the breeding of ponies for the arena, for riding, and for the cavalry arm of the Roman army, are no less important than her critical and informative comments on horsemanship, and on the care and maintenance of stud animals, and on veterinary medicine. But the choice of topics is highly selective. (...). The books is divided into three parts: (1) 'Basic Principles (pp.5-62), subdivided into chapters on Breeding (5-29), Management (30-48), and Veterinary Medicine (49-62); (2) 'The Roman Cavalry Horse (63-200), which is by far the longest of the three, comprising fourteen chapters on the training of horse and rider, hazards and health, military equipment (tack, armour), historical development of the cavalry arm; (3) 'The Horse in State and Civilian Use, covering the role of horses in the Circus, in daily life, and in public and private transport. The book is thus essentially about the horse as a riding animal (...). The best of this book is to be found in the chapters that make up its core, i.e. 'the Roman Cavalry Horse (pp.63-200). They provide the military historian with much of the cavalry arm, the logistical requirements as well as the equipment, the training, and the development of this department of the Service.' (K.D. WHITE in The Classical Review (New Series), 1992, pp.122-23). From the library of Professor Carl Deroux.