Carthaginian Citizen Cavalry are well trained and reliable spear-armed medium cavalry. They can be used to break enemy formations, drive off skirmishers and pursue fleeing foes.
Carthaginian citizens have a tradition of fine cavalry from the lower nobility, and these men are the embodiment of that tradition. They are good horsemen with good equipment, enough to put them on a par with most other medium cavalry. They are armed with a lance (a Greek xyston), which makes their charge deadly in the extreme. They are disciplined and have high morale, for they are fighting for their homeland. For all this, they cannot stand up against heavier cavalry or good spearmen for very long, due to their lack of a shield and their light linen armor. They are best used as a medium shock cavalry, and since their fast horses are crossbreeds of Iberian and Numidian breeds, they are able to run down most fleeing soldiers.
Historically, these men were of great use in the Mammertine War that followed the first Punic War. They were able to hold the flanks at tremendous odds. They were a well trained group of lancers who formed a reliable medium cavalry for the Carthaginian State.
These medium lancers are highly versatile, quite capable of chasing away/killing light missile units and providing a powerful charge while being fairly armored and having good morale.
They are no match for heavier cavalry however and having no shields makes them vulnerable to missile attacks. These men are comparable to the Prodromoi (Successor Medium Cavalry) in both tactics and stats although they are inferior to them.