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This front matter section of this book titled Arms and Armour of the Warrior Saints contains the table of contents, a list of illustrations, the acknowledgements, the translators note, and conventions used in the book. The book examines whether military equipment (armour, weapons, insignia and costume) shown in images of the warrior saints reflects items actually used in the mid-Byzantine Army or merely repeats Classical forms. Such representations are compared with documentary evidence gathered chiefly from Byzantine military manuals. The author demonstrates that military equipment, being a vital branch of material culture subject to constant evolution, provides a good indicator of iconographic innovation in the art of Byzantium.

Keywords: Byzantine iconography; warrior saints



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