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By Georgios Chatzelis

ISBN-10: 1472470281

ISBN-13: 9781472470287

The Sylloge Tacticorum is a mid-Byzantine instance of the literary style of army manuals or Taktika which stretches again to antiquity. It was once one in every of a host produced throughout the 10th century CE, a interval while the Byzantine empire loved a wide degree of luck in its wars opposed to its conventional enemy, the Arabs. Compiled to checklist and shield army options, information, and strategies, the handbook discusses a wide selection of issues: conflict formations, raids, sieges, ambushes, shock assaults, the therapy of prisoners of warfare and defectors, distribution of booty, punishment of army offences, how you can mount potent espionage, and the way to ship and obtain envoys. there's even suggestion at the own characteristics required via generals, on how you can neutralize enemy horses, and on the best way to guard the troops opposed to poisoned nutrients. The paintings culminates in an account of the stratagems hired by way of nice Greek and Roman army commanders of the previous. whereas, like quite a bit of Byzantine literature, the Sylloge frequently easily reproduces fabric present in past texts, it additionally preserves loads of information regarding the army strategies being built by means of the Byzantine military through the 10th century. it's the first Byzantine resource to checklist the reappearance of a really expert heavy cavalry (the kataphraktoi) and of a really good infantry (the menavlatoi) used to repel the assaults of the opposing heavy cavalry. there's additionally loads of details on new infantry and cavalry formations and at the new strategies that required them.

This is the 1st whole translation of the Sylloge into English. it truly is followed by means of a word list of the specialized Greek army vocabulary utilized in the paintings and by means of footnotes which clarify vague references and determine the author’s classical and Byzantine assets. An creation areas the paintings in its old and literary context and considers a number of the questions that experience remained unanswered over the centuries, resembling its authorship and the date of its composition.

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