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The Armenian Military in the Byzantine Empire (2nd ed) (Anglais) Broché – 11 mars 2014

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By Raffaele d'Amato Dr. Ayvazyan has written a good book, in which episodes, places and the names of the protagonists in Armenian history and their relations with Byzantium between the sixth and the early seventh century are described with extreme precision. The book, splendidly introduced by Ilkka Syvanne, is divided into two parts. The longer first part deals with the insurrection of the Armenian army against the Imperial power of Justin­ian in AD 538-9, culminating in the Battle of Avnik and the escape of the Armenian rebels into Sassanid Persian territory. The chief protagonist in this rebellion was Prince ('Nakharar') Artabanes Arshakuni, one of Justinian's generals who, before and after the rebellion, played an important role in the Roman Imperial army. Ayvazyan skillfully introduces the very complex situation in Armenia, divided between the two superpowers of Rome and Persia, but defended by a mainly ethnie army driven by pride and feelings of national independence. He explains that the rebellion was staged by a Roman army mainly composed of Armenians against the oppressive behaviour and taxation of the Imperial governor Acacius. In the first chapter, Ayvazyan touches on the reasons for the revolt. In the second chapter, dealing with the geopolitical situation of Armenia, he reconstructs the various phases of the confrontation between Artabanes and the rebels on one side, and Justinian's general Sittas, probably also an Armenian and sent by the Emperor to put down the insurrection, on the other. The third chapter presents a very good reconstruction of the Battle of Avnik, in which Sittas was killed and the Imperial army defeated. Ayvazyan's detailed analysis, notwithstanding the paucity of the sources and the scarce historical evidence, is impressive in the richness of the notes and quotations, and shows his encyclopedic knowledge of the period - which characterizes the whole book. Alter narrating the end of the rebellion - when the Armenian forces withdrew into Persarmenia, offered their service to the Sassanian king, and subsequently spontaneously returned to the Roman side - Ayvazyan analyses the tactics of the Armenians and compares them with their previous exploits against both Romans and Sassanians. He concludes that the favourite tactics were often (a) retreat and the engagement of the enemy in the rugged terrain of Armenia, combined with a transition to counter-offensive; (b) combat in the highlands of Armenia, which was easier for the native warriors; or (c) the premeditated killing of the enemy commandera. He also demonstrates the great reputation that the Armenians enjoyed as fighters, both from Romans and Persians. In the second part of the book, Ayvazyan analyses the reasons for the omission of the Armenians from the emperor Maurice's list of the empire's enemies, in his famous military treatise, the Strategikon (a topic also discussed by Ayvazyan in Medieval Warfare II-4). He demonstrates the existence of a general prejudice towards the Armenians inside the Roman empire, beginning in the classical age and continuing up to the Middle Ages, because of their fierce and independent character and their strong national identity. Nonetheless, the main reason for the omission is that, during the reign of Maurice, the Armenians were a strong element of the Roman military, and so it would have been totally inappropriate to present them (even those still fighting under Sassanian command) as enemies of the empire, especially in a field manual for officers, many of whom were themselves Armenians. What I have really appreciated in this book is the author's clear and impartial analysis of the spirit of Armenian warriors fighting inside and outside the military machine of the Roman Empire. He demonstrates the prejudice to which Armenians were sometimes subjected, like the conspiracy of Emperor Maurice who,... --http://edsigest.blogspot.fr/2013/12/ayvazyans-book-reviewed-by-raffaele.html

Biographie de l'auteur

Armen Ayvazyan (Aivazian) holds doctoral degrees in History (1992) and Political Science (2004). He was a Carnegie Corporation of New York/IREX fellow at Syracuse University (1995); a Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University (1997-1998); and a Visiting Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Fellow at ELIAMEP, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (2000-2001, Athens).

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