Happy Summer—stock up and save 30% on Palgrave books, eBooks & journals! Shop now >>

New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

Justinian's Men

Careers and Relationships of Byzantine Army Officers, 518-610

Authors: Parnell, David Alan

Free Preview
  • 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'
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56204-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56203-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-1-349-85085-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

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.

Reviews

“The strength of this book is that it uses social network theory plus an in depth analysis of the literary sources to assess the impact of social relationships behind military operations and the often-fraught relationship between general officers and emperors. … This book is easy to read and is useful not only for understanding the relationships between the military and the imperial government in late antiquity but also for a source for military history in general.” (Elizabeth Buchanan, Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR), bmcr.brynmawr.edu, March 27, 2019)

“Parnell’s book gives a magisterial sketch of the key aspects of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine army in the sixth century. Readers will be especially keen to make use of the material he discusses as well as his case-studies … .” (MISCHA MEIER, English Historical Review HER, Vol. 134 (566), February, 2019)



Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56204-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56203-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-1-349-85085-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

Services for this book

Loading...

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
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-85085-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 228
Number of Illustrations
10 illustrations in colour
Topics