Byzantine Military Organization on the Danube, 10th–12th by Alexandru Madgearu

By Alexandru Madgearu

The present country of study in this touch sector among Byzantium and East valuable Europe in the course of a stricken interval invitations a brand new synthesis of the newest reveals and interpretations. No such entire paintings addressing either literary and archaeological facts exists for the historical past of the Byzantine Danubian provinces within the 10th-12th c.
The major goal Alexandru Madgearu's ebook is to set up a chronology for the provincial association and for the improvement of the Danubian frontier. First a safeguard opposed to the Rus’, the province of Dristra, later referred to as Paradunavon, turned extra a touch and clash quarter with the Pechenegs and Cumans, grew to become via the top of the eleventh century in a half-open house, in accordance with the hot technique of Alexius I Comnenus.

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Oikonomides returned to the problem of the Western Mesopotamia katepanate in one of his latest studies, without changing his position on the location of that administrative unit in the region of the Danube Delta, or on the left bank of the river. 159 researchers accepted only the existence of the strategy of Western Mesopotamia, the katepanate being located in the east (Tăpkova-Zaimova 1973, 95–96; Wasilewski 1975, 641; Tăpkova-Zaimova 1993, 96; Wasilewski 1995, 198–200; Madgearu 1999 a, 421–422; Madgearu 1999–2000, 5–7, 16; Stephenson 2000, 56).

The immediate consequence of the 971 war was the disappearance of the Bulgarian state. 134 Indeed, the territories gained by the Byzantine Empire were quite extensive. Besides the region between the Danube and the Stara Planina, the part of Thrace previously within Bulgarian borders was now included into the duchy of Adrianople. 137 That text includes data on otherwise unknown military and administrative units, the existence of some of which has been later confirmed by means of lead seal finds.

The location of Pereiaslavetz will be discussed in chapter II. 2. 103 Leo the Deacon, VI. 8, 10–13 (ed. Talbot, Sullivan, 153, 155–161); Skylitzes, John Tzimiskes, 5–6 (ed. Thurn, 288–291; transl. Flusin, 242–245; transl. 21–26 (ed. Büttner-Wobst, 525); Wozniak 1984, 310–311; Fine 1991, 183–186; Hanak 1995, 138–151; Franklin, Shepard 1996, 145–147; Busetto 1996, 15–18; Treadgold 1997, 504, 508; Krsmanović 2008, 35, 131. the recovery of the danubian frontier 31 the spring of 971. As soon as he finished dealing with Bardas Phokas, the Byzantine army moved rapidly through eastern Bulgaria, taking back the ports that had been lost in 917.

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