Equites

The lower of the two aristocratic classes of ancient Rome / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The equites (/ˈɛkwɪtz/; literally "horse-" or "cavalrymen", though sometimes referred to as "knights" in English) constituted the second of the property-based classes of ancient Rome, ranking below the senatorial class. A member of the equestrian order was known as an eques (Latin: [ˈɛ.kʷɛs]).