The Taktika of Leo VI: Revised Edition
by Leo VI
edited and translated by George T. Dennis
Harvard University Press, 2014
Paper: 978-0-88402-394-4
Library of Congress Classification U101.L42313 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 355.42

Although he probably never set foot on a battlefield, the Byzantine emperor Leo VI (886-912) had a lively interest in military matters. Successor to Caesar Augustus, Constantine, and Justinian, he was expected to be victorious in war and to subject barbarian peoples to Rome, so he set out to acquire a solid knowledge of military equipment and practice. The Tactical Constitutions, or Taktika, were the result. First published by Dumbarton Oaks in 2010 as part of the Corpus Fontium Historiae Byzantinae series, and now available in this updated, revised paper edition, this is the first modern critical edition of the complete text of the Taktika, including a facing English translation, explanatory notes, and extensive indexes.
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