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Maurice's Strategikon Handbook of Byzantine Military Strategy

ISBN-10: 0812217721
ISBN-13: 9780812217728
Edition: 1984
Authors: George T. Dennis
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Description: As a veteran campaigner, the Byzantine emperor Maurice (582-602) compiled a unique and influential handbook intended for the field commander. In this first complete English translation, the Strategikon is an invaluable source not only for early  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 1/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

As a veteran campaigner, the Byzantine emperor Maurice (582-602) compiled a unique and influential handbook intended for the field commander. In this first complete English translation, the Strategikon is an invaluable source not only for early Byzantine history but for the general history of the art of war. Describing in detail weaponry and armor, daily life on the march or in camp, clothing, food, medical care, military law, and titles of the Byzantine army of the seventh century, the Strategikon offers insights into the Byzantine military ethos. In language contemporary, down-to-earth, and practical, the text also provides important data for the historian, and even the ethnologist, including eyewitness accounts of the Persians, Slavs, Lombards, and Avars at the frontier of the Empire.

Michael Levi is David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.George T. Dennis was Emeritus Professor of History at Catholic University of America.

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