Episode 37 – The Army of the Strategikon

Late Roman infantry with a Labaarum standard (www.durolitum.co.uk)

Late Roman infantry with a Labarum standard (www.durolitum.co.uk)

Belisarius scouts the terrain with a Hun bowman looking ahead Byzantine cavalry from Ancient Warfare Magazine Volume IV, Issue 3 (www.ancient-warfare.com)

Belisarius scouts the terrain with a Hun bowman looking ahead from Ancient Warfare Magazine Volume IV, Issue 3 (www.ancient-warfare.com)

We look at how the Roman army has changed up to the end of the 6th century. To guide us we are using the Byzantine army manual the Strategikon. We learn how the army fought, who fought, what they looked like and how they were organised.

Period: 500-602

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Byzantine cavalry from Ancient Warfare Magazine Volume IV, Issue 3 (www.ancient-warfare.com)

Byzantine cavalry from Ancient Warfare Magazine Volume IV, Issue 3 (www.ancient-warfare.com)

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11 thoughts on “Episode 37 – The Army of the Strategikon

  1. Help Robin ! Lee Walker has asked a question about the Strategikon on the google+ community in the Episode 37 post.

  2. Absolutely fascinating episode! I can’t wait to hear more.

  3. That was truly awesome. Thank you for that.

  4. Thomas

    Any news on the next episode?

  5. Stephen

    Dying for the next episode…

  6. Dan

    Looking forward to it.

  7. Pseudolus

    Just finished THOR and am now about 3 episodes in.

    Feedback:
    -thanks for doing this.You’re doing a really great job.

    -your slow deliberate pace which i didn’t really like in the breaking bad reviews is perfect in this context. It’s really complicated and I’ve never heard of anything here. In my view, the more often you identify who someone is and where something is happening the better. One area where i already see you besting Duncan is your locating non famous cities on the modern map for us.

    -one thing i would like to see is spelling it characters names, at least in the podcast description or this blog. I don’t know about anybody else, but i got really frustrated with ask of the mentions of Illus… Eilus? Aylis? That sort of thing.

  8. Giorgis

    Great episode. One little detail regarding leaving a gate unguarded. The Spartans had two rules.

    1. Never pursue a fleeing army
    2. Do not fight repeatedly the same army, as you will be training them.

    So those two concepts were known since ancient times

    • Oh yes, I don’t think the author of the Strategikon would have claimed that anything he was saying was original. It just isn’t our general perception of the Roman army’s m.o.

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