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Military Technology and Warfare

John F. Haldon

in The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199252466
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199252466.013.0043

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Military Technology and Warfare

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The military technology of Byzantium played a major role in the evolution of the defensive and offensive techniques common to the western Eurasian world. In the later fifth and sixth centuries, those who made up the first and second ranks in the Byzantine infantry were the ones who primarily wore the full defensive panoply. To protect themselves against the enemy, soldiers used breastplates, helmets, leg-armors, and wide round or oval shields. They relied on spears and swords as their main offensive weapons. This article describes the military technology of the Byzantine world, including arms and armors as well as artillery.

Keywords: military technology; Byzantium; infantry; artillery; soldiers; weapons; arms; armors; spears; swords

Article.  4109 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Middle Eastern Languages

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