Early Byzantine Arms and Weapons from the Episcopal Complex in Novae

  • Andrzej B. Biernacki Institute of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, 89D Umultowska Str. PL-61614, Poznań
  • Łukasz Różycki Institute of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, 89D Umultowska Str. PL-61614, Poznań
Keywords: Novae, episcopal complex, military finds, 6th century AD

Abstract

The large number of military finds (analyzed in the text) in the episcopal complex in Novae lends credibility to the hypothesis that the garrison, at least in the 6th century AD, was maintained by the local community or, in fact, by the bishop – the most esteemed and wealthiest resident of Novae. So it comes as no surprise that whenever soldiers were suffering any injustice (like, for example, in Asemus in 594), they would turn for aid and protection to a local bishop, who acted not only as their spiritual guide, but was often the de facto commander-in-chief.

Published
2018-10-17