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date: 21 May 2024

Infantry 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Author(s):
Eric McGeerEric McGeer

(πεζικόν). Modestly equipped and slow to move, Byz. infantry nevertheless fulfilled an important defensive role in support of cavalry. It secured routes, guarded fortresses and encampments, and provided a mobile base for cavalry on campaign. Infantry was also indispensable for sieges and in terrain unsuited to cavalry. Foot soldiers were usually deployed in a square formation that they maintained in battle, on the march, and in ... ...

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