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The Crooked Philosopher

Did Parthian Elite Cavalrymen dismount as shock troops?

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I was curious when i found some screenshot from Total War Center forum (don't is it original or not) when they show a screenshot where the Parthians charging the Roman line with heavy cavalry (namely "cataphracts"), war elephants and shock infantry armed with a Thureos shield and a battle axe. I want to believe Parthian Elite Cavalrymen dismount as shock troops but there's no record about dismounted Parthian Warrior, is there any reliable evidence that the Parthians fight on foot?

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Although I cannot give much valid input on your question regarding Parthian cavalry dismounting, perhaps the reason that you want to believe that is because Roman horsemen did so. Regarding the Parthians though, I am doubtful. It is well established that they employed hit and run tactics in warfare. (The battle of Carrhae is a superb example of this fact.) Thus, their lancers would most likely be used for making any victory decisive by pursuing the routing enemies. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that the Parthians ever bothered to in most cases dismount to fight a pitched battle.

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Example of Parthian infantry from a Parthian relief. I would guess though that the best equipped soldiers were mounted.

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If you land from water, cavalry units do not have horses, I heard.

Glitch? Hahaha. It's Rome total Bugs. The worst game of that saga. Check the video I was posted in Rome total War topic.

I thought it was a "feature." (It's was very difficult to transport many horses on ancient ships.)

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I thought it was a "feature." (It's was very difficult to transport many horses on ancient ships.)

Well, then mounted units could just need more space in transportation units.

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