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4-25-2010 @ 1:25AM
Chariots aren't remotely "Romanesque". Every military power in antiquity used chariots as prior to the spread of the stirrup (out of asia in the 5-7th century AD) that was the only militarily effective way to use horses.You can ride a horse without a stirrup but it is nearly impossible to fight from the back of a horse without them*. Prior to the stirrup cavalry were either bowmen or really just used for shock value.* Without stirrups you stay on the horse by either holding the saddle with a hand or using your legs to grasp the horses chest. Neither of which is conducive to swinging a sword around or using a lance.
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