Three Byzantine military treatises

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George T. Dennis
Dumbarton Oaks, Research Library and Collection, 1985 - Political Science - 380 pages
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Threatened on all sides by relentless enemies for a thousand years, the Byzantines needed ready armies and secure borders. To this end, experienced commanders compiled practical handbooks of military strategy. Three such manuals are presented here. The Anonymous Byzantine Treatise on Strategy was written by a retired combat engineer around the middle of the sixth century, while Skirmishing and Campaign Organization and Tactics date from the late tenth century and concern warfare in the mountains along the Syrian frontier and campaigns in the rugged terrain of the Balkans. These treatises provide information not only on tactics and weaponry but also on the motivations of the men who risked their lives to defend the empire.

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Excellent work, fascinating reading. The translations were very readable. I would buy one for my permanent bookshelf if it didn't retail used for almost $150. Read full review

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Translations of detailed works on the conduct of strategy, skirmishing and campaigning as practiced by the Byzantines. Read full review

Contents

Treatise on Strategy
136
Skirmishing
137
Campaign Organization and Tactics
167
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Editor of the definitive Greek text of the Strategikon, George T. Dennis is the editor and translator also of Three Byzantine Military Treatises and The Letters of Manuel II Palaeologus. He is Professor Emeritus of History, The Catholic University of America.

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