Sowing The Dragon'S Teeth: Byzantine Warfare In The Tenth Century (Dumbarton Oaks Studies)

Sowing The Dragon'S Teeth: Byzantine Warfare In The Tenth Century (Dumbarton Oaks Studies)

  • Publish Date: 2008-11-30
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Eric McGeer
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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 treatisesthe Praecepta militaria of Nikephoros Phokas and the revised version included in the Taktika of Nikephoros Ouranosoutlining 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 leadershipall of which determined the difference between failure and success.



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