Jump to content

===[COMMITTED]=== Seleucid champion chariot


Recommended Posts

  • 4 weeks later...
  • 10 months later...

0 A.D.'s chariots always looked weird to me. Yes, no scythed chariots have survived, so some artistic licence is allowed. However, those forward pointing blades puzzle me, as do the scythes attached (or actually piercing through) the horses.

Literary evidence mention scythes attached to the axles (those are there) and blades below the cart itself (those seem to be missing), but no scythes attached to the horses are mentioned, as far as I'm aware (perhaps those could be removed?).

Xenophon is a relatively reliable source (he was an eye-witness), e.g. Anabasis I.viii.10:

πρὸ δὲ αὐτῶν ἅρματα διαλείποντα συχνὸν ἀπ᾿ ἀλλήλων τὰ δὴ δρεπανηφόρα καλούμενα· εἶχον δὲ τὰ δρέπανα ἐκ τῶν ἀξόνων εἰς πλάγιον ἀποτεταμένα καὶ ὑπὸ τοῖς δίφροις εἰς γῆν βλέποντα, ὡς διακόπτειν ὅτῳ ἐντυγχάνοιεν. ἡ δὲ γνώμη ἦν ὡς εἰς τὰς τάξεις τῶν Ἑλλήνων ἐλθόντων καὶ διακοψόντων.

In front of them were the so-called scythe-bearing chariots, at some distance from one another; and the scythes they carried reached out sideways from the axles and were also set under the chariot bodies, pointing towards the ground, so as to cut to pieces whatever they met; the intention, then, was that they should drive into the ranks of the Greeks as they advanced with the intention of splitting the opposing line.

Translation of Carleton L. Brownson (LCL)

Edited by Nescio
Link to comment
Share on other sites

That's remind me Da Vinci scythed chariot 


Resultado de imagen para scythed chariot evidence



There some resources.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...