Interesting duels between Byzantines and Persians


Scholae Palatinae

MS 19352 Theodore Psalter f.191 David Slays Goliath 1066 detail MS 19352 Theodore Psalter f.191 David Slays Goliath 1066 detail

An interesting account of two duels from Procopius between the Persians and Byzantines, one of which included a head-on collision by both combatant’s horses.

By Nicholas Petrou, Historian and member of the Academy of Historical European Martial Arts ‘Leontes’

“But one Persian, a young man, riding up very close to the Roman army, began to challenge all of them, calling for whoever wished to do battle with him. And no one of the whole army dared face the danger, except a certain Andreas, one of the personal attendants of Bouzes, not a soldier nor one who had ever practiced at all the business of war, but a trainer of youths in charge of a certain wrestling school in Byzantium. Through this it came about that he was following the army, for he cared for the person of Bouzes in the…

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