Fri, Aug 27|
SASA Master Class: Lazarus Rising: The Tenth Century Byzantine Military Renaissance
Led by James Gilmer.
Time & Location
Aug 27, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
About the Event
Previous participation and previous knowledge not required.
During the tenth century A.D. the Byzantine Empire -- the Eastern Roman Empire in its medieval form -- underwent a period of rapid expansion. How were the Byzantines able to accomplish this? Let’s find out together in this reading group! We will examine the structural changes and reforms that transformed the Byzantine army during this period -- helpfully collected by the soldier emperor Nikephoros Phokas and his successors into a series of military manuals -- together as we search for an answer to this question. Astound your friends as you critique the next Hollywood battle sequence for its flawed tactics (looking at you, Game of Thrones…) as we learn Byzantine military tactics and strategies, both on paper and in actual historical practice. Join me on a tour of the Byzantine military art.
Participants will recieve links to our Live Syllabus where readings and discussions are posted in the confirmation email after registration.