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For not by numbers of men, not by measure of body, but by valor of soul is war to be decided.
Belisarius, general of the Byzantine Army

The Byzantine soldiers, or Eastern Roman soldiers, are soldiers of the Byzantine Army. A direct continuation of the Roman army, the Eastern Roman army maintained a similar level of discipline, strategic prowess, and organization. They were among the most effective in Europe for much of the Middle Ages.

As the legionary system slowly faded away in the 7th century, calvary began to play a more important role than infantry. Soldiers were lightly armored when compared to their Roman counterparts, they were more organized.

The Byzantine army suffered greatly under the rule of the Angelos dynasty, known to be the worst Byzantine dynasty to ever occupy the throne. Because of their lavish spendings on fancy buildings, gifts to the church or even their own lifestyles and appointed their favorites to high ranking positions they weren't qualified for. Taking advantage of this, several neighboring states took advantage of this and annexed several Byzantine cities.

With the fall of Constantinople at the hands of the growing Ottoman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, along with its army, finally fell.

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Battles here were deemed to be unfair or otherwise not in accordance with wiki standards, and have been removed from the statuses of the warriors and displayed below.

Battle vs. Jacobites (by ReyesRebels)[]

On a grassy plain overlooking a small, wooden fort, a group of 5 highanders push a catapult down a hill. Meanwhile, 5 byzantines sit in the fort, guarding. A Byzantine soldier sees the catapult and stares closer. the highlanders launch a projectile, the Byzantine shouts to his men, but is crushed, along will the bit of the wall, by the projectile.

Byzantine: 1234

Highlander: 12345

The Byzantines get up and into position. The Highlanders launch another projectile, taking down a bit of the wall. The highlanders rush in. One charges, claymore in hand, but it thrusted through the stomach by a menaulion.

Byzantine: 1234

Highlander: 1234

Another highlanders chops down at the head byzantine, who blocks it and hooks the axe out of his hand. He pushes the Highlander away and stabs him through the chest.

Byzantine: 1234

Highlander: 123

The Menaulion Byzantine chops with his spear at a highlander, then tries to stab him, the highlander swings his claymore, misses, then chops down, going through the Byzantine's shoulder.

byzantine: 123

Highlander: 123

The Byzantine leader and one of the Soldiers run back to their tent. One highlander runs after them. A Highlander chops the other Byzantine in the shulder, knocking him down, before the Highlander can finish him. he stabs the Highlander in the leg then slashes him across the chest.

Byzantine: 123

Highlander: 12

The Highlander leader then stabs the Byzantine through the throat with his claymore.

Byzantine: 12

Highlander: 12

The other two wait patiently. The leder grabs the firethrower from the tent and hides. The other byzantine slashes at the Other Highlander, who strafes back and cuts above. The Byzantine blocks it and their swords are locked. The Byzantine kicks the highlander in the groing then slashes his throat.

Byzantine: 12

Highlander: 1

The Highlander leader hits the sword of the byzantine, it falls out of hims hand and he lops the Byzantine's head off.

Byzantine: 1

Highlander:1

The highlander cuts through the wall of a tent, looking for the remaining Byzantine. He goes in the largest tent and hears a noise, he sees the Byzantine's shadow. He tries to run out of the tent, but the Byzantine burns the tent and the Highlander, who falls down dead and burning.

Byzantine: 1

Highlander:

The Byzantine throws down the Firethrower, picks up his spatha and roars to the sky.

Expert's Opinion[]

The Byzantines were more disciplined and professional than the Highlander, giving them the victory.

To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.

Reason[]

Battle was declared unfair and invalid due to the huge gap in technology between the warriors and that the Jacobites were given a catapult, a weapon they never used.

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