[b-hebrew] Horse and Rider and britches.

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Sun Mar 28 15:11:22 EST 2004

While we're on this subject. Does anyone know about the date and origin
of pants, britches? I had heard that the term in Exodus is anachronistic
because no one wore pants until they started riding horses, and that
they were initiated by the Medes in 800 or later.
Whence pants?
Liz Fried

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of CS Bartholomew
> Sent: Sun, March 28, 2004 2:56 PM
> To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Horse and Rider
> On 3/28/04 9:53 AM, "Walter R. Mattfeld" <mattfeld12 at charter.net> wrote:
> > Regarding the claims that the Egyptians did not ride horses
> before the 8th
> > century BCE- that is an old notion which has been "disproven".
> W.von Soden* says "Riders were used to carry messages from an early date,
> though cavalry with a military function did not exist prior to 900, and
> thereafter primarily in Assyria, where they were developed to
> defend against
> attacks by mounted Iranians."
> There appears to be a significant semantic distinction between
> "cavalry with
> a military function" and mounted horsemen in general. An artifact
> showing a
> mounted horseman does not prove that "cavalry with a military
> function" as a
> military function existed.
> greetings,
> Clay Bartholomew
> *Page 84., von Soden, Wolfram; Schley, Donald J. (translator)
> The Ancient Orient : An Introduction to the Study of the Ancient Near East
> Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1994
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