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Byzantium and Its Army, 284-1081

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The Byzantine Empire was almost always ready to fight, and often fought for its life. During much of its history its provinces were military districts called themes, and acclamation by the army, not coronation or inheritance, was what made a man emperor. The army overthrew twenty-odd rulers, and tried to oust many more. It was large and expansive but on the whole it served ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Stanford University Press (first published 1995)
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Abandoned this book at the halfway point. Too dreary, and author's droning on about numbers doesn't help. Author thrashes colleagues for wishful thinking or ignorance, yet equally bases his own argument on assumption and surprisingly narrow reading of sources.
Mar 29, 2011 Al rated it really liked it
This is an excellent little book and Dr. Treadgold's writing style makes it eminently suitable for the non-specialist looking for information on the Byzantine army prior to the 11th century. This is not a historical narrative, and contains narrative only as a means to expand on the concepts and surveys that Dr. Treadgold is trying to impart. The author surveys the changes in the Roman army made by Diocletian and the establishment of the themes by Constans II. Additionally, he addresses the issue ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing
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Amazing discussion of the transformation of the Late Roman army into the Byzantine Army. The chapter on numbers is worth the book alone.

I am constantly surprised that this book is not more well known. Treadgold's insights into the strengths of Late Roman field armies can be used to interpolate the same in the earlier Principate.

I remain really impressed with this book.
Frank Thun
Apr 01, 2013 Frank Thun rated it liked it
Byzantium is fascinating, but this book is rather matter of fact, not too colorful
Jul 18, 2009 John rated it it was ok
More of an accounting of the Byzantine Army; manpower, cost, etc...
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