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This introductory chapter serves as a background for the other papers in this volume. A question which is treated in each part of the present work is the Western European influences on Byzantine attitudes towards warfare, military administration and the conduct of fighting. The present investigation makes use of the military treatises which were compiled in earlier periods of Byzantine history, in order to examine how far the principles and instructions prescribed by their authors were followed in the later centuries. The only contemporary treatises used for the aims of the present work are those of the marquis of Montferrat. Beyond the history of the army, Bartusis' study focuses on the military organisation and administration of the Byzantine empire, on the troops of various kinds, their numbers and their financing.

Keywords: Byzantine; Byzantine empire; military treatises



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