Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925–1025

Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925–1025

The Tághmata and Imperial Guard

Elite 187
  • Author: Raffaele D’Amato
  • Illustrator: Giuseppe Rava
  • Short code: ELI 187
  • Publication Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Number of Pages: 64
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The hundred-year period ending in 1025, from the reign of the Emperor Constantine VII to that of Basil II 'the Bulgar-Slayer', encompassed the last great era of Byzantine aggression and dominance in the Near East and Balkans. During that time, a succession of soldier-emperors hallenged and defeated an array of opponents on land and at sea and reconquered vast swathes of territory. At the heart of the Emperors' forces were the professional, highly mobile Tagmata or Imperial Guard regiments, originally formed to guard the Emperor¹s person in the capital but invariably deployed as elite combat troops. Joining these heavy cavalry units, were a variety of exotic mercenary units recruited from foreigners, notably the legendary Varangians. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this lively study sheds new light on the colourful regiments of the Byzantine Imperial Guard, the formidable warriors who provided the Byzantine emperors with an insurance policy in the capital, and the elite of their field armies when on campaign.

Biographical Note

Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient world. He is an external professor to the Athens University School of Philosophy and Material Culture.

Contents

Introduction - historical background
Chronology of campaigns and battles
Byzantine army organization: the Themata and Tagmata
The Tagmata, regimental organization and histories: heavy armoured cavalry units - archer units - infantry units
The Imperial Guard on ceremonial duties
The Imperial Guard on campaign and in battle
Uniforms, armour and weapons
Bibliography
Index

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