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ἀναβατικωτέρους: cf. πρῶτον μὲν τοὺς ἱππέας ἀσκητέον, ὅπως ἐπὶ τοὺς ἵππους ἀναπηδᾶν (to leap on) δύνωνται Hipp. i. 5.

καταπέσοι: the Greek rider sat without stirrups, on the horse's bare back; and hence had to reckon with the danger of falling off, in case of attack. In the encouraging speech which Xenophon makes to his men (An. iii.2.19), he emphasizes this danger as a weak point of the enemy's cavalry.

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