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 was once 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 good fortune in its wars opposed to its conventional enemy, the Arabs. Compiled to list and guard army techniques, knowledge, and strategies, the guide discusses a wide selection of issues: conflict formations, raids, sieges, ambushes, shock assaults, the therapy of prisoners of battle and defectors, distribution of booty, punishment of army offences, the right way to mount powerful espionage, and the way to ship and obtain envoys. there's even recommendation at the own characteristics required through generals, on the best way to neutralize enemy horses, and on how you can safeguard the troops opposed to poisoned foodstuff. The paintings culminates in an account of the stratagems hired by means of nice Greek and Roman army commanders of the earlier. whereas, like lots of Byzantine literature, the Sylloge usually easily reproduces fabric present in past texts, it additionally preserves loads of information regarding the army strategies being constructed through the Byzantine military through the 10th century. it's the first Byzantine resource to checklist the reappearance of a really good heavy cavalry (the kataphraktoi) and of a really expert 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 by means of a thesaurus of the specialized Greek army vocabulary utilized in the paintings and via footnotes which clarify imprecise references and determine the author’s classical and Byzantine assets. An advent locations the paintings in its ancient and literary context and considers many of the questions that experience remained unanswered over the centuries, equivalent to 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