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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 9:54 p.m. PST

Of possible interest.

"… This outline should enable the reader to see the implications that the study of any Byzantine battle raises, and appreciate the account of the battle itself. When it comes to battles of the Byzantine period, we have fewer sources compared to those Keegan had for his analysis. This is true both of primary sources, where on many occasions we have only a single source for a battle, and of secondary sources. Eric McGeer has stated that most studies in Byzantine military history seem to focus on ‘what the army was rather that what it did', that is to say, most studies are of the institutional history of the army rather than its operational history, and battles are often considered as events in a bigger picture rather than as a central human experience.
…, this study will deduce what we can about the battle of Beroia in 1122 AD. I have chosen Beroia, firstly, because of my research interest in the reign of John II Komnenos, for whom this was a great victory, in commemoration of which he established a day of thanksgiving. Niketas Choniates attests the feast was still celebrated almost a century later, making Beroia as important to Byzantium as Trafalgar was to Britain. Secondly, the battle heralded the end of the Pechenegs as an independent force and forced their disappearance from history. Moreover, a number of elucidating parallels can be made with previous battles. Finally, there are two differing accounts of this battle."

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