The equites at Rome had an interest in acquitting a man who favoured their order.
The senate offended the equites by proposing it, and yet did not carry the law.
Augustus divided the equites into six turmae (regarded by Hirschfeld as a continuation of the sex suffragia).
Juvenal speaks also of "equites Cappadoces" in the same strain, Sat.
The sons of senators were eligible by right of birth, and appear to have been known as equites illustres.
This order seemeth to answer in part to that equites aurati.
The equites had abused their power, as the Senate had done before them.
But the equites were not a safe body to intrust with this power.
He deprived the senators of their military and provincial commands, which were transferred to equites.
For instance, take the word "equites," which follows "equinox" in the encyclopedia.