Talk:Master of the Horse
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Equites is often translated as Knights. So Would not Master Of Knights also be an acceptable interpretation? --R.D.H. (Ghost In The Machine) 01:10, 23 July 2005 (UTC)
No, not in this case. The Equites were a social class with military overtones and implications which, quite frankly, do not really need to be gone into here. Suffice it to say that the Magister Equitum was referring to the cavalry and is translated uniformly as the Master of Horse. Simply put, Eques means horseman or cavalry first and the equestrian order second, in this case. Admittedly, the Equites would have been under the command of the Magister Equitum, provided they were mounted on the horses they were able to afford, but this is not a guaranteed thing.
A fine start, and a very interesting topic; some of the sections are quite short, but the length of the article overall, and the obvious level of effort put into it, seems to warrant a B. The introduction could use some work, however. Might be helpful to put "military post" or "appointed government position" or the like, as "position" by itself isn't quite clear enough, I think. Also, while I realize it's a very broad topic covering a wide range of differing meanings of the term across time and space, I'm just generally against one-line intro paragraphs. See what you can do about expanding this, summarizing the content of the rest of the article, and/or describing the overall significance or notability of the subject. LordAmeth 23:27, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
Anyone know if this is the origin of the term constable, which apparently comes from the Latin comes stabuli (keeper of the stables)? bobanny 02:36, 7 September 2007 (UTC)
Master of the Horse is incorrect
- You are correct, except that "horse" here is a collective noun, meaning the cavalry or knights as a whole. Definition 6 here: "Mounted soldiers; cavalry: a squadron of horse." It's the standard English translation by custom, even though it sits poorly with 21st-century idiom. Cynwolfe (talk) 19:08, 1 November 2009 (UTC)
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Dismissable Magister Equitum?
The article says: "if the first Magister Equitum either died or was dismissed during the six months of the dictatorship, another had to be nominated in his stead". I'm not exactly sure here, but to my mind Livy states that Dictator did not have the authority to dismiss Magister Equitum, and I do not remember any occasion when a new one was selected instead of dead one - although Livy states at least one casulaty of such magistrate in 2nd Punic war, he does not say about new one being appointed126.96.36.199 (talk) 12:21, 24 August 2010 (UTC)
Since the article is not confined to the Magister equitum of ancient Rome, it doesn't seem as if the SPQR graphic should dominate the page. This happens with some other articles too; sometimes the article originally had dealt only with the subject in ancient Rome, and then was expanded. The graphic should be placed within the relevant section; if it's too large, a collapsed form should be used, and if the graphic doesn't have a compact form, I guess I think it shouldn't be used. But I offer this only as an opinion. Cynwolfe (talk) 19:14, 1 November 2009 (UTC)