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Byzantine Age of War, 13 Sep 2013
How the Romans fought their way to forge the greatest empire Earth has arguably witnessed is very well known and has been dissected to death. Now in Byzantine Art of War Mike Decker turns the spotlight on the 'Dark Ages', which of course in the East Mediterranean were actually every way as vivid and original as preceding centuries. The strengths and weaknesses of the Byzantine army are examined in great detail all the way up to the moment a new breed of religious stromtroopers, the Crusaders, brought the classical world order to an end. In this new world, war was more Lawrence of Arabia than Augustus, and relied on innovations like Greek Fire hand grenades than catapults. Decker has drilled down into the historical texts of places that will stimulate all students of Byzantium and warfare of all ages, and leave them with a newfound respect for the long Late Antiquity.