Aside from the rise of the landed magnates there have been some other important changes in the Roman military in the past century. We cover the Themes, recruitment, payment, skirmishing and all the rest.
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Hello, long time listener here, I find the history of Byzantium absolutely fascinating. I have a question about a topic I have trouble finding information on. Namely the use of compaternity, compaternitas in Latin. It’s when an emperor would sponsor a man in baptism and in doing so become his spiritual father. The emperor would share co-parenthood with the natural father of the baptized man. This was apparently used as a diplomatic tool to bind barbarian kings to an emperor, I think you mentioned something like that when Justin I wanted to adopt Chosroes. Do you know anything more about this tradition and could you give more information about it?