plural noun (singular eques /ˈekwes/ /-wēz/)
(In ancient Rome) a class of citizens who originally formed the cavalry of the Roman army and at a later period were a wealthy class of great political importance.
- Though Pompey was still an eques, Sulla grudgingly allowed him to triumph; and in 80, after the death of his wife Aemilia, Sulla's stepdaughter, he married Mucia Tertia, a close connection of the Metelli.
- He was born at Reate, in the Sabine hills, the son of a member of the equites.
- One such type was that of the equites, literally ‘horsemen’, so called because they entered the arena on horseback, although for the crucial stage of the combat they dismounted to fight on foot.
Latin, plural of eques 'horseman'.
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