Parthian Cataphract


The Parthian cataphract was a heavy cavalry unit of Parthian warfare, an entirely armored, huge fast horse mounted by a completely armored rider, equipped with a long lance and a long sword. Like a modern tank designed to smash through enemy defenses, the integrated tactical use of the cataphract was something the Parthians brought to a new level in battle.

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  • 247 BCE - 224 CE
    Empire of the Parthians.
  • 53 BCE
    Battle of Carrhae. Crassus is captured and executed by the Parthians.