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  Cataphract - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
While cataphracts and knights are given differing names, in battle the cataphract's role differed little from that of the knight in medieval Europe, though arms and tactics still separated the two.
The roots of the cataphract (but not that of the heavy cavalry in general, as these are two different concepts) probably lay with the nomad peoples of the steppes; their cataphract traditions (reserved for their nobility) were probably passed onto the sedentary peoples of the ancient Near East.
Cataphracts were the heavy assault force of most nations that used them, acting as shock troops supported by light or heavy infantry and foot or mounted archers.
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 Wikinfo | Cataphract
A cataphract charge was generally more disciplined and less impetuous than the charges of the knights of Western Europe, but very effective due to the discipline and the large numbers of troops deployed.
Cataphract archery was sometimes used tactically in disciplined formations where half the cataphracts stood facing the enemy as an armored fence while the other half looped through the line to shoot and then back behind it to reload, increasing their safety against return fire from the enemy.
Some later cataphract types were also equipped with heavy darts to be hurled at the enemy lines during a charge, to disorder the defensive formation immediately before the impact of the lances.
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 Cataphract
Well trained, and generally far superior to other cavalry forces of the time, the cataphracts were the mainstay of the Byzantine Empire.
The cataphracts would act as a heavy shock force, supported by light and heavy infantry and archers.
The cataphract cavalry were one of the main reasons that the Byzantine Empire lasted as long as it did, before it fell to moslem invaders (led by the Turkish sultan Mehmet II) in May 1453.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ca/Cataphract.html   (156 words)

  
 Parthian Empire vs Han China - China History Forum, chinese history forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Although the cataphract was equipped with a lot of armour and barding it didn't quite have the punch as later armies with heavily armoured mounted troops, primarily due to lack of stirups.
But cataphracts were an essential part of the tactical system; at Carrhae they slaughtered the Romans' Gallic cavalry, and the threat of their charge can be used to pin infantry in place in close order, where they can be shot at safely by the archers.
Parthian cataphract armour was primarily iron, with bronze sometimes being used for the horse-armour.
www.chinahistoryforum.com /index.php?showtopic=7463   (2849 words)

  
 Cataphract
They were supported by a chain attached to the horse's neck, and at the end by a fastening attached to the horse's hind leg, so the full momentum of horse was behind the spear-thrust.
Cataphract archery was sometimes used tactically in disciplined formations where half the cataphracts stood facing the enemy as an armoured fence while the other half looped through the line to shoot and then back behind it to reload, increasing their safety against return fire from the enemy.
Some later cataphract types were also equipped with heavy darts (marzobarbouloi) to be hurled at the enemy lines during a charge, to disorder the defensive formation immediately before the impact of the lances.
www.mlahanas.de /Greeks/Medieval/war/Cataphract.html   (992 words)

  
 GMT GAMES: Cataphract
Cataphract is defined as a heavily armored cavalryman modelled either on the Sarmatians (cataphractarius) or the Persians (clibanarius).
Cataphract portrays the development of the art of war wrought by the early Byzantine Empire, during the reign of Emperor Justinian, under his great Generals, Belisarius and Narses.
Cataphract covers all the major battles that defined this era.
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 Byzantine Armies. - Ancient Roman Empire Forums
The Imperial Cataphract was a heavy cavalry horse archer and lancer, who symbolized the power of Constantinople in much the same way as the Legionary represented the might of Rome.
Thus the Cataphract is the evolutionary link between the legionaries of ancient Rome and the Knights of medieval Europe.
As with the infantry, the Cataphracts adapted their tactics and equipment in relation to which enemy they were figthting.
www.unrv.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=2085&st=45   (1494 words)

  
 History of Iran: Parthian Army
The bow was of the powerful and large compound type which outranged Roman weapons and its arrows, shot with swiftness, strength, and precision, penetrated the armor of the legionaries.
Then the shock cavalry (cataphracts) moved in, still avoiding hand-to-hand combat but picking up the enemy with their missiles and piercing them with the heavy lance.
Middle: Parthian Cataphract, CE 3rd C. Bottom: Early Sasanian Cataphract, CE 3rd C. The organization of the Parthian army is not clear, and lacking a standing force, a strict and complicated organization was unnecessary in any case.
www.iranchamber.com /history/parthians/parthian_army.php   (1324 words)

  
 GameSpot:Video Games PC Xbox 360 PS3 Wii PSP DS PS2 PlayStation 2 GameCube GBA PlayStation 3
The cataphract was a unit in the original Age of Empires.
The cataphract is built at the castle and is best against archers, siege weapons, and swordsmen.
With plains to the east and north of their empire, the cataphract was ideally suited for combat against the unarmored cavalries of their enemies.
www.gamespot.com /features/aoe2_byz/page4.html   (306 words)

  
 The Age of Chivalry - Byzantine Cataphract (Klibanophoros)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Klibanophoros was Byzantium's attempt to recreate the late Roman super-heavy cavalry of old, the cataphracts.
Clad from head to foot in lamellar or scale armour and riding horses likewise heavily armoured the Klibanophoroi were some of the most versatile and disciplined horsemen of their day.
The Sarmatians, for example, were one such foe who employed cataphracts on the Danube in 100AD.
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 Parthian Army - (CAIS)
An actual example of this horse-armour was found at Dura-Europos [125], while a famous graffito of the Parthian cataphract from the same site clearly demonstrates his full panoply [126].
The spear was of unusual thickness and length [127], and was used with such skill relying on its weight and power that it "often had impetus enough to pierce through two men at once" [128].
The bow was of the powerful and large compound type which outranged Roman weapons and its arrows, shot with swiftness, strength, and precision, penetrated the armor of the legionaries [129].
www.cais-soas.com /CAIS/Military/parthian_army.htm   (1460 words)

  
 Byzantine Armies. - Ancient Roman Empire Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Byzantine cataphract rarely faced European cavalry, and probably never plate armoured cavalry since plate armour was invented rather late in Europe.
The only area where a cataphract was less armed than a Western Knight would be the head,since Knights wore heavy full-cover helmets.However,a cataphract would have better vission ability and less weight on his head.
Actually,the type of armor used by the cataphracts was a combination of Western and Eastern armor.Only this kind of heavy armor could save a cataphract from cavarly archers carring composite bows-much much much more effective and lethal than any european bow.
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 Heavy cavalry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Up to the fifth century, Sarmatians cavalry units were stationed in Britain as part of the Roman army (see Roman departure from Britain), allowing for a direct influence of Roman cataphracts on Migration Period Europe.
The roots of the cataphract probably lay with the nomad peoples of the steppes; their heavy cavalry traditions (reserved for their nobility) were probably passed onto the sedentary peoples of the ancient Near East.
But according to J. Birkenmeier in "The development of the Komnenian army: 1081-1180", units of 'Kataphraktoi' (cataphracts) were still being used during the twelfth century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Heavy_cavalry   (1155 words)

  
 The Mystic’s First Comprehensive Unique Unit Analysis Guide
Cataphract: The Cataphract (The Byzantine’s Unique Unit, is an anti-infantry countering unit, on horseback.
Cataphracts can be of some extreme use if you are certain your opponent is going to infantry rush you.
However, the main trouble with the Cataphract is that they have no trample damage, so their power and range of attack is limited because of that (however on AOK:TC the Byzantine’s UT allows the Cataphract to gain trample damage).
www.mysticteam.com /html/mole.htm   (3741 words)

  
 Unidade Únicas
With plains to the east and north of their empire, the cataphract was ideally suited for combat against the unarmored cavalry of their enemies.
The Byzantine army went into decline partially because it lost the plains of Asia Minor from which it had drawn both horses and cavalrymen for service as cataphracts.The cataphract was a unit in the original Age of Empires.
Add cataphracts to the mix, and the Byzantines have the keys to defeat almost any conceivable combination of enemy troops."
members.tripod.com /ps_aoe/byzantines.htm   (998 words)

  
 CRBCHECK.INFO : Home
This site is run by Cataphract Ltd to provide a simple interface to the complex process of CRB Disclosure Applications.
If you make a mistake, go over the lines, forget to fill in a field or tick a box correctly or if any part of your application is not legible to the CRBs computerised form scanners, your application will be delayed and may be rejected.
Cataphract Ltd have a unique application system that gathers the necessary information using a simple, easy-to-follow set of web pages.
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 - Chapter 6
The young cataphract had a naturally light complexion.
That skin color, along with his tawny hair and blue eyes, was the product of the Gothic blood which flowed through his veins, as it did through that of many Thracians.
The cataphract's narrow face held no expression at all.
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 Cataphract   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Der Cataphract ist einer der neuesten Konstruktionen der Inneren Sphäre.
Mit einem Gewicht von 70 Tonnen ist der Cataphract eine der schlagkräftigsten Neuentwicklungen der jüngsten Zeit.
Allein mit der eingebauten Mydron-10-Schnellfeuerkanone ist der Cataphract in der Lage, leichtere Mechs mit einem einzigen Treffer zu verkrüppeln und schwerere Mechs entscheidend zu beschädigen.
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 Cataphract - China History Forum, chinese history forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
China History Forum is an online chinese history forum, discussion board or community for all who are interested in learning and discussing chinese history from prehistoric till modern times, including chinese art of war, chinese culture topics.
Han expeditions against the Xiongnu relied on the ability to catch the enemy in large grasslands,so they did not have the cataphracts in this campaign as they could not catch the enemy cavalrys.
For a discussion on whether Chinese cataphracts may have come from Choresmia/Kangju/Sogdiana, which was the origin point of the Parthian cataphract, see http://www.chinahistoryforum.com/index.php...topic=7463&st=0
www.chinahistoryforum.com /index.php?showtopic=9359   (467 words)

  
 The Age ~of~ Empires Network: Strategies: Byzantine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Although Cataphract are recommended, you may want to be careful and focus more on a defense early in the game because you will run out of resources fast and then have nothing left with which to defend or counter-attack.
Use the Cataphract to your advantage if you are playing the Chinese or the Britions, they can not attack as much with their special unit because of your speacial units speed and power.
At one time, they could wage a lot of wars at the same time beacuse they were around alot of water which allowed them to trade for money.
www.stormloader.com /ageofempires/byzantine.html   (392 words)

  
 Great Battles of History: Cataphract
On a modified dieroll '0' or '1' they inflict two hits instead of one, and if the firing unit hasn't moved from its starting hex it gets two shots instead of one.
Each cataphract engages two enemy units; composite bows, Pre-Shock TQ checks, and Attack Superiority rout at least 8-10 of the mostly-LN defenders.
The Vandal leaders are inept at rallying, and so one way or another the Romans get the 30 RPs necessary to win by the end of turn 1.
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 ConsimWorld.COM - CATAPHRACT Game Rating Commentary
Anyway, Cataphract is cool just because it goes against the grain of "bigger, better, more extravagant" to give us a much more approachable, playable, and - crucially - finishable GBoH.
A certain measure of the improvement is admittedly just in the rulebook, where the influence of Stuart Tucker is apparently making itself felt to some degree (I personally felt many of the previous GBOAH rulebooks were extravagantly bad); but Cataphract overall is much streamlined with a great deal of chrome being hacked out.
Anyway, if you like the historical period and don't mind something that is somewhat gamey, this is recommended.
www.consimworld.com /community/ratingcommentary/cataphract.html   (375 words)

  
 1200 list
The models are of the cataphract and aphract type.
With the cataphract design, oarsmen are protected on the sides and above from missile fire.
With the aphract design, they are unprotected, unless by a leather screen along the side of the ship.
www.rodlangton.com /ancient/1200.htm   (293 words)

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