Byzantine Military Rhetoric in the Ninth Century: A Translation of the Anonymi Byzantini Rhetorica Militaris

Byzantine Military Rhetoric in the Ninth Century

A Translation of the Anonymi Byzantini Rhetorica Militaris
 
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Publisher: Routledge
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ISBN13:9781032006048
ISBN10:1032006048
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:104 pages
Size:216x138 mm
Weight:140 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 4 Illustrations, black & white; 4 Halftones, black & white
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Byzantine Military Rhetoric in the Ninth Century is the first English translation of the ninth-century Anonymi Byzantini Rhetorica Militaris. Including a detailed commentary and critical introduction, it will appeal to all those interested in Byzantine political ideology and military history.

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Byzantine Military Rhetoric in the Ninth Century is the first English translation of the ninth-century Anonymi Byzantini Rhetorica Militaris. This influential text offers a valuable insight into the warrior ethic of the period, the role of religion in the justification of war, and the view of other military cultures by the Byzantine elite. It also played a crucial role in the compilation of the tenth-century Taktika and Constantine VII?s harangues during a period of intense military activity for the Byzantine Empire on its eastern borders. Including a detailed commentary and critical introduction to the author and the structure of the text, this book will appeal to all those interested in Byzantine political ideology and military history.


 

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1


Part A: the author and the work 1


Syrianos magistros and the compendium of Anonymus Byzantinus 1


Assigning a name to Anonymus Byzantinus 3


Assigning a date to the compendium of Syrianos 6


Dating the compendium and the geo
-political background of the period 11


A note on the sources 21


The manuscript tradition 25


Part B: the contents of the work 28


The history of exhortation and exhortative speeches 28


The ?practicalities? of exhortation speeches: where, when, how 35


The skills of a commander as a public speaker 37


Rhetorical topoi in building morale 39


Note on the translation 55


Hortatory public speeches: drawing their arguments from various sources 57


For the zeal for the faith 61


For the fatherland 62


For the love for our compatriots 62


For the punishment of evildoers 63


Other made
-up arguments 67


From religion 70


From the mode of life 70


From the slander of the enemy army 70


From [the right] time 70


From the place 70


From the cause 70


From the past, in this way 71


From the present, such as 71


From the future, such as 71


From the fabrications, such as 71


The achievements of the audience 72


The achievements of the ancestors of the audience 73


The achievements of others 73


More examples about the useful 77


The preparation of weapons 77


The training in war tactics 78


Bravery 79


The endurance of pain 79


The obedience to the commanders 79


The study of the glorious 80


The study of the possible 80


The study of the outcome of the battle 81


Example of a consolatory speech, in the absence of the transposition of the cause [when the reproach


takes place, then the transposition of the cause is missing] 87


Bibliography 88