Byzantine Military Organization on the Danube, 10th-12th by Alexandru Madgearu

By Alexandru Madgearu

During this booklet Alexandru Madgearu bargains the 1st finished background of the army association of a peripheral sector of the Byzantine Empire, the Danube sector.

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Thurn, 310; transl. Flusin, 258; transl. Wortley, 293–294). 121 Not the same, as Božilov 2008, 93 thinks. 122 Diaconu 1969 a, 43–44. the recovery of the danubian frontier 35 main stream of the river at that time). 124 The problem of this fort’s chronology will be discussed in further detail in chapter III. 1. If there were any Bulgarian forts on the northern bank of the Danube in the vicinity of Dorostolon, then those forts must have been part of the defense system built against the Magyars and the Pechenegs, to which belonged a number of fortifications on the southern bank, such Oltina, Rasova and Cochirleni-“Cetatea Pătulului”—all dated between the 9th and the 10th century on the basis of the fine Gray Ware of the Dridu B type found inside each one of them.

109 That information is missing in the minutely detailed report of Leo the Deacon, no doubt because Skylitzes culled it from a now lost source. 110 In that respect, even though he wrote at a later date, Skylitzes is a more trustworthy source than Leo the Deacon in certain respects. To be sure, he does not explain of what exactly have been guilty the garrisons of those fortresses. Asking for forgiveness from the emperor would make sense only if they had been either Byzantines, or allies disobeying orders or betraying oaths.

10 (ed. Büttner-Wobst, 559). 160 Members of the Bulgarian aristocracy who submitted to the Byzantine authority were bestowed titles and office away from the Balkans, in the distant provinces of the East.

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