The Byzantine army evolved from that of the late Roman Empire. The language of the army was still Latin but it became. A cataphract was a form of armored heavy cavalry used in ancient warfare by a number of .. The Byzantine army maintained units of heavily armored cavalrymen up until its final years, mostly in the form of Western European Latinikon. The Byzantine cavalry were ideally suited to combat on the plains of Anatolia and northern Syria, which, from the seventh century.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Byzantine Military Unrest, — The helmet was often complemented by ring mail, either as just an aventail to protect the neck and elbows or as a mask concealing the wearer’s face. Cataphracts were almost universally clad in some form of scale armor Greek: The Komnenian emperors made great efforts to re-establish a native army, instituting the pronoia system of land grants in exchange for military service. From the seventh to the 12th centuries, the Byzantine army was among the most powerful and effective military forces in the world — neither Middle Ages Europe nor following its early successes the fracturing Caliphate could match the strategies and the efficiency of the Byzantine army.

There were also auxiliary tagmatasuch as the Noumeroi Gr. Return to Book Page. The small force of less than 16, men voyaged from the Bospherus to North Africa on ships protected by 92 dromons, or war-ships. Look up cataphract in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

In addition to the themes, there was also the central imperial army stationed in and near Constantinople called the Tagmata.


These troops were slow compared to other cavalry, but their effect on byzantije battlefield, particularly under the Emperor Nikephoros IIwas devastating.

The Byzantine army frequently employed foreign mercenary troops from many different regions. If they could not breed enough high quality mounts, they would purchase them even from the other cultures. Then the rear Numeri, who had ambushed the enemy horse, would move up and attack the unprotected flanks in a double envelopment.

Eastern Roman Empire c. Archived from originalon 6 February, I particularly liked the one on page 55 showing the fully-armoured Alexios Komnene escaping from the battlefield of Dyrrakhion inwith the amount of protection largely explaining how he managed to get away from the pursuing Norman knights that intended to kill or capture him.

Chalkokondyles calls them hippodromoi fast horsemen and remarks that they were maintained exclusively through the booty they captured.

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Eastern Roman Empire c. A Chiliarchy was generally made up of skutatoi and toxotai. A twofold origin of the Greek term has been proposed: One such manual, the famous Tactica by Leo VI the Wiseprovides instructions for dealing with various foes such as:.

Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen — A similar arrangement should be made with the pack animals, which may be needed to carry the coats of mail and the tents. There were many sword xiphos types; straight, curved, one- and two-handed, which are depicted in illustrations.

These manuals enabled the wisdom of prior generations to find its way within newer generations of strategists. This shows that the author did not even bother to check nyzantine section and just cut and pasted it from his previous title.


The old legions, cohorts and cavalry alae survived there, and newer units were created the new legions, or auxilia and vexillationesamongst the cavalry.

In sum, this book is rife with historical error, but represents a slight step forward for Dr. While Alexios, John and Manuel ruled c. Illustrator Giuseppe Rava’s excellent color plates are very clear and show a great amount of detail.

One on each flank with one on the right rear and another on the left rear. Later, the Sui Empire maintained the use of cataphracts. Themata Kleisourai Bandon Catepanates.

Late Byzantine Cavalry | Weapons and Warfare

They had under their command the so-called akyncy raiders. The byzantone of the empire’s military disintegration under the Angeloi was reached on 13 Aprilwhen the armies of the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople. The Byzantine Empire’s military tradition originated in the late Roman period, and its armies always included professional infantry soldiers.

Archived from the original PDF on 13 October The decline of the Byzantine military during the 11th century is parallel to the decline of the peasant-soldier, which led to the increased use of unreliable mercenaries.

Byzantine Cavalryman C.900-1204

We discussed at length about the Varangian Guards, probably the most renowned of all Byzantine army units, in one of our articles dedicated to the mercenary regiment. The bow was slung from the saddle, from which also was hung its quiver of arrows. As such they were separate from the new mobile field army.