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Old 04-09-2022, 04:04 PM   #1011
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The "Byzantine" army at Lebounion included a tagma of 5,000 'mountain people' whom Anna Comnene calls Areimanioi. Some have proposed that those were Vlachs, who call themselves Armani.

Areimanis appears in classical texts, such as Strabo, with the meaning of "full of warlike frenzy" (possessed by the god Ares), as correctly translated in the english edition of the Alexiad. Anna was very fond of such classical references, by which she wanted to show her sophistication. This, however, does not exclude the possibility of those warriors being Vlachs, as they are said to have come from the mountains.

It is known that on the eve Lebounion, the emperor recruited heavily from among the Bulgarians and Vlachs in southern Thrace (an area under the command of N. Melissenos).


-- Page 140, A. Magdearu, "Byzantine Military Organization on the Danube, 10th-12th Centuries"
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