New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

Justinian's Men

Careers and Relationships of Byzantine Army Officers, 518-610

Authors: Parnell, David Alan

  • Explores the professional and social lives of Byzantine soldiers
  • Analyses the relationships between the men, their families and their superiors
  • Explores differences in identity between Romans and 'barbarians'
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This book explores the professional and social lives of the soldiers who served in the army of the Byzantine Empire in the sixth century. More than just a fighting force, this army was the setting in which hundreds of thousands of men forged relationships and manoeuvred for promotion. The officers of this force, from famous generals like Belisarius and Narses to lesser-known men like Buzes and Artabanes, not only fought battles but also crafted social networks and cultivated their relationships with their emperor, fellow officers, families, and subordinate soldiers. Looming in the background were differences in identity, particularly between Romans and those they identified as barbarians. Drawing on numerical evidence and stories from sixth-century authors who understood the military, Justinian’s Men highlights a sixth-century Byzantine army that was vibrant, lively, and full of individuals working with and against each other.

About the authors

David Alan Parnell is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest, USA. He has published numerous journal articles on the sixth-century Byzantine Empire and is also an award-winning teacher.

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eBook £56.99
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Hardcover £72.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56203-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Justinian's Men
Book Subtitle
Careers and Relationships of Byzantine Army Officers, 518-610
Authors
Series Title
New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56204-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56204-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56203-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 228
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 illustrations in colour
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