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Warfare And Imperial Propaganda

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In this work, Blemmydes offers advice on military training and tactics, among other things. Warfare is presented as an integral part of the ruler's life in another Mirror of Princes which was compiled by the monk Theognostos and was chronologically close to that of Blemmydes. Theognostos exhorts the emperor to do everything possible to avoid bloodshed. In this work Laskaris speaks of military command as an integral part of kingship and remarks that valour, trophies, military victories, as well as suffering the difficulties of campaigning, are imperial tasks. The conflict with the Ottomans is described by late fourteenth and fifteenth century authors as a fight against impious barbarians. Rhetoric was the means by which Byzantine rulers promoted their military profile and advertised their military priorities. It is reasonable to conclude that for these people the enemy was not completely evil and barbarian.

Keywords: Blemmydes; Byzantine; imperial; Laskaris; military; Ottomans; Theognostos; warfare



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