Byzantine Military Rhetoric in the Ninth Century
A Translation of the Anonymi Byzantini Rhetorica Militaris
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Byzantine Military Rhetoric in the Ninth Century is the first English translation of the ninth-century Anonymi Byzantini Rhetorica Militaris. This influential text offers a valuable insight into the warrior ethic of the period, the role of religion in the justification of war, and the view of other military cultures by the Byzantine elite. It also played a crucial role in the compilation of the tenth-century Taktika and Constantine VII’s harangues, a period of intense military activity for the Byzantine Empire in its eastern borders. Including a detailed commentary and critical introduction to the author and the structure of the text, this book will appeal to all those interested in Byzantine political ideology and military history.
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2. A note on the translation
3. Translation of the text
Georgios Theotokis is a Lecturer of European History at Ibn Haldun University, Turkey. His publications include Norman Campaigns in the Balkans, AD1081 to AD1108 (2014), and Byzantine Military Tactics in Syria and Mesopotamia in the Tenth Century (2018).
Dimitrios Sidiropoulos recently completed his doctoral research at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research examines the institutions of the later Roman Empire and the Praetorian Prefecture of the East.