Xenophon

 

Xenophon

On Horsemanship by Xenophon (430BC – 350BC)

 
Lusitano-XenophonOn Horsemanship by Xenophon (430BC – 350BC):   Xenophon was a historian, philosopher, soldier, mercenary and a student of Socrates.   As a historian he wrote the Hellinica which speaks about the important events which happened during his lifetime.   As a soldier and mercenary, he marched with Cyrus the Younger in a failed effort to take the Persian throne.   Even though he was born in Athens, his heart was with Sparta.   They were mortal enemies.   He even fought against his city beside their enemies so he was sent into exile.
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Lusitano-XenophonHe came from a rich equestrian family.   He had a close relationship with them throughout his life.   He wrote two books on horses.   The first was On Horsemanship.   Here he spoke of the care and maintenance of war horses.   In this book he talks little about training but describes deeply the way and in detail how horses should be cared for.   In his second book, Hipparchicus, he speaks about the training military war horses should receive.   He also speaks about strategy and the commander’s duties on the field and off it.
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