By Georgios Chatzelis
The Sylloge Tacticorum is a mid-Byzantine instance of the literary style of army manuals or Taktika which stretches again to antiquity. It used to be one in every of a bunch produced in the course of the 10th century CE, a interval whilst the Byzantine empire loved a wide degree of luck in its wars opposed to its conventional enemy, the Arabs. Compiled to checklist and protect army techniques, knowledge, and strategies, the handbook discusses a wide selection of issues: conflict formations, raids, sieges, ambushes, shock assaults, the remedy of prisoners of battle and defectors, distribution of booty, punishment of army offences, tips on how to mount potent espionage, and the way to ship and obtain envoys. there's even recommendation at the own characteristics required by means of generals, on the way to neutralize enemy horses, and on tips on how to safeguard the troops opposed to poisoned foodstuff. The paintings culminates in an account of the stratagems hired via nice Greek and Roman army commanders of the previous. whereas, like loads of Byzantine literature, the Sylloge usually easily reproduces fabric present in prior texts, it additionally preserves loads of information regarding the army strategies being constructed via the Byzantine military through the 10th century. it's the first Byzantine resource to list the reappearance of a really good 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 entire translation of the Sylloge into English. it truly is followed through 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 resources. An creation areas the paintings in its ancient and literary context and considers the various questions that experience remained unanswered over the centuries, reminiscent of its authorship and the date of its composition.
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A Tenth-Century Byzantine Military Manual: The Sylloge Tacticorum (Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies) by Georgios Chatzelis