Parthians in action at the battle of Carrhae. The tactics employed by the Parthian general Surena were inspiring. The archers would harass the infantry and create weak points for the cataphratcs to exploit. Simple and effective strategy.
The Battle of Carrhae between the Parthian Empire and the Roman Republic in 53 BC. The Parthian Surena decisively defeated a Roman invasion force, led by Marcus Licinius Crassus. It was one of the most crushing defeats in Roman military history. ~ art by Giuseppe Rava *
Roman legionary at the battle of Carrhae by AMELIANVS
Parthian horse archer at the battle of Carrhae by AMELIANVS
"The Parthian shot was a military tactic made famous by the Parthians, an ancient Iranian people. The Parthian archers mounted on light horse, while retreating at a full gallop, would turn their bodies back to shoot at the pursuing enemy. The maneuver required superb equestrian skills, since the rider's hands were occupied by his bow."