Sowing the Dragon's Teeth: Byzantine Warfare in the Tenth Century

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Eric McGeer
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1995 - History - 405 pages
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The military achievements of the emperors Nikephoros Phokas, John Tzimiskes, and Basil II brought the Byzantine Empire to the height of its power by the early eleventh century. This volume presents new editions and translations of two military treatises‚e"the Praecepta militaria of Nikephoros Phokas and the revised version included in the Taktika of Nikephoros Ouranos‚e"outlining the tactical system used by Byzantine armies in campaigns against Muslim forces in Cilicia and Syria. Products of experienced soldiers, the texts offer a realistic view of Byzantine warfare and reveal the sophistication of Byzantine military science. Eric McGeer places the treatises in military historical context; explores the factors that led the Byzantine army to fight as it did; and investigates morale, discipline, and leadership‚e"all of which determined the difference between failure and success.

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A great scholarly work, while quite entertaining for the interested layman. If Byzantine military history interests you, this is a must read book if you are limited to English language books. Read full review

Contents

The Praecepta militaria of the Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas
3
The Taktika of Nikephoros Ouranos Chapters 56 through
79
Nikephoros Phokas and the Praecepta militaria
171
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Eric McGeer teaches Latin and history at St. Clement‚e(tm)s School in Toronto. He has been a research associate at Dumbarton Oaks and has taught Byzantine history at Harvard University and the Universit√© de Montr√©al.

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