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The basic raw materials for costume and uniform research are individual items of arms, armour and costume that have survived down to time. In view of the scarcity of archaeological material, a particular important role in research on the costume and armament of the warrior saints falls to the written sources. These contain considerably more information than the actual preserved objects, not only on symbolism and customs connected with weaponry in Byzantium, but also of value when reconstructing its appearance.Taktika and Strategika continued the tradition of Classical military treatises by such writers as Aeneas, Aelian, Asclepiodotus and Onasander, Athenaios, Biton, Philon and Polyaenus. Written sources that provide information on Byzantine arms and armour is the lexicon. Historical works contain a great deal of information on weapons and the customs connected with them, as well as on the outfitting of armies.

Keywords: archaeological material; Byzantium; lexicon; miltary costume; Strategika; Taktika; written sources



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