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 all a bunch produced in the course of the 10th century CE, a interval while the Byzantine empire loved a wide degree of good fortune in its wars opposed to its conventional enemy, the Arabs. Compiled to checklist and look after army thoughts, information, and strategies, the handbook discusses a large choice of concerns: conflict formations, raids, sieges, ambushes, shock assaults, the therapy of prisoners of conflict and defectors, distribution of booty, punishment of army offences, the best way to mount powerful espionage, and the way to ship and obtain envoys. there's even suggestion at the own characteristics required via generals, on tips to neutralize enemy horses, and on tips on how to safeguard the troops opposed to poisoned nutrition. The paintings culminates in an account of the stratagems hired by means of nice Greek and Roman army commanders of the previous. whereas, like a lot of Byzantine literature, the Sylloge frequently easily reproduces fabric present in prior texts, it additionally preserves loads of information regarding the army strategies being constructed by way of the Byzantine military in the course of 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 info 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's observed via a word list of the specialized Greek army vocabulary utilized in the paintings and via footnotes which clarify vague references and establish the author’s classical and Byzantine resources. An creation locations the paintings in its historic and literary context and considers the various questions that experience remained unanswered over the centuries, corresponding 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