LEO VI ARABUS? An Unknown Fragment from the Arabic Translation of Leo VI’s Taktika
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Nikolaj Serikoff
Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy
Published 2003-12-01
https://doi.org/10.15388/AOV.2003.18271
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Serikoff N. (2003) “LEO VI ARABUS? An Unknown Fragment from the Arabic Translation of Leo VI’s Taktika”, Acta Orientalia Vilnensia, 4, pp. 112–118. doi: 10.15388/AOV.2003.18271.

Abstract

The aim of this article is to introduce a hitherto unknown Arabic quotation from the military manual written originally in Greek under the name of the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI (886-912). This quotation is found in the fourteenth century Arabic military treatise At-tadbīrāt as-sulṭānīyya fī siyāsat aṣ-ṣanā’i’ al-ḥtarbīyya written by a Mamlūk high ranking officer, a “colonel” Ibn Mankalī. Greek quotations and longer passages found in military manuals of the Arabs are of great importance. They allow a modern historian to evaluate Byzantine influence on Arab military thought and, moreover, occasionally give some ideas on medieval Arab military intelligence.

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