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The light infantry (^aXot) wore no defensive armour ; they were provided with a powerful bow, which : carried much weapon, and was further than the horseman's A few therefore very formidable to hostile horse-archers. drawn from provinces where the bow was not corps, known, For hand to well carried instead two or three javelins (pnrrdpia). hand fighting the psiloi were provided with an axe similar to that of the scutati, at their lyaists An and a very small round which hung . extensive train of non-combatants army.
118. D 2 THE BYZANTINES AND THEIR ENEMIES. D. 582- Mussulman army, when once it turned to fly, could be pursued a Foutrance, and the old military maxim, 'Vince sed ne nimis vincas,' was a caution which the Byzantine officer could disregard. The an engagement with the Saracens which had for three centuries been in secret of success in lay in the cavalry tactics, process of elaboration. By the tenth century they attained their and the experienced soldier Nicephorus Phocas vouches for their efficacy.
582- pursue them with caution, and not to allow the troops to get out of hand during the chase/ It is at once apparent from these directions how utterly the efficiency of the Byzantine infantry differed from that of the The soldiers of the first century, legions of an earlier day. armed with sword and pilum alone, were destroyed from a mounted bowmen. The adoption of had now infantry changed the aspect of affairs, and distance by the Parthian the it bow by was the horse-archer who now found himself in the charging, since the day by large shield, who formed at a disadvantage Nor could he hope exchange of missiles.
A History of the Art of War: The Middle Ages from the Fourth to the Fourteenth Century by Charles Oman