Justinian's Men

Careers and Relationships of Byzantine Army Officers, 518-610

  • David Alan Parnell

Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 209-228

About this book


This book explores the professional and social lives of the soldiers who served in the army of the Byzantine Empire in the sixth century. More than just a fighting force, this army was the setting in which hundreds of thousands of men forged relationships and manoeuvred for promotion. The officers of this force, from famous generals like Belisarius and Narses to lesser-known men like Buzes and Artabanes, not only fought battles but also crafted social networks and cultivated their relationships with their emperor, fellow officers, families, and subordinate soldiers. Looming in the background were differences in identity, particularly between Romans and those they identified as barbarians. Drawing on numerical evidence and stories from sixth-century authors who understood the military, Justinian’s Men highlights a sixth-century Byzantine army that was vibrant, lively, and full of individuals working with and against each other.


Byzantium Military history Late antiquity History of conflict Identity politics Byzantine Europe history Middle Ages

Authors and affiliations

  • David Alan Parnell
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  1. 1.Indiana University NorthwestGaryUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-56203-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56204-3
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