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date: 26 May 2024


The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Eric McGeerEric McGeer

(πλώϊμον). In the 6th C., Byz. warships gained control of the sea by recapturing Carthage and destroying the Vandal fleet; the navy became a police force operating from Constantinople and Mediterranean bases. In the mid-7th C., however, the incursion of Slavic pirates and the development of Arab seapower by ... ...

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