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Author Pryor, John H., 1947-

Title The age of the dromōn : the Byzantine navy ca 500-1204 / by John H. Pryor and Elizabeth M. Jeffreys ; with an appendix translated from the Arabic of Muḥammad Ibn Mankali by Ahmad Shboul
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006


Description 1 online resource (lxxvii, 754 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The medieval Mediterranean, 0928-5520 ; v. 62
Medieval Mediterranean ; v. 62. 0928-5520
Contents The operational context -- The origins of the Dromon -- From the sixth to ninth centuries -- The Dromon in the age of the Macedonian emperors -- The demise of the Dromon -- The triumph of the Galea
Summary This volume examines the development and evolution of the war galley known as the Dromon , and its relative, the Chelandion , from first appearance in the sixth century until its supercession in the twelfth century by the Galea developed in the Latin West. Beginning as a small, fully-decked, monoreme galley, by the tenth century the Dromon had become a bireme, the pre-eminent war galley of the Mediterranean. The salient features of these ships were their two-banked oarage system, the spurs at their bows which replaced the ram of classical antiquity, their lateen sails, and their primary weapon: Greek Fire. The book contextualizes the technical characteristics of the ships within the operational history of Byzantine fleets, logistical problems of medieval naval warfare, and strategic objectives. Surviving Byzantine sources, especially tactical manuals, are subjected to close literary and philological analysis
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Naval art and science -- History -- To 1500
Warships -- Byzantine Empire
HISTORY -- Military -- Naval.
Naval art and science
Byzantine Empire -- History, Naval
Mediterranean Region -- History, Naval
Byzantine Empire
Mediterranean Region
Byzantijnse rijk.
Genre/Form History
Naval history
Form Electronic book
Author Jeffreys, Elizabeth
Ibn Manjlī, Muḥammad, active 1362-1376.
Shboul, Ahmad M. H.
ISBN 9789047409939