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Military and civil administration under the Emperor Maurice, 582-602 : a reassessment

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McGill University
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Keywords
  • Maurice
  • Emperor Of The East
  • 539-602.
  • Byzantine Empire -- Politics And Government.
  • Byzantine Empire -- History
  • Military.
Disciplines
  • Economics

Abstract

The conclusions reached from this study are various. From the numismatic evidence we can see that there was considerably more stability in monetary matters in the East and the West than is sometimes assumed. By comparing expenditures in general, and subsidies paid especially, at different times in Late Roman or Byzantine history, we learn that the "gold drain" on the Empire's resources was not necessarily as devastating as is sometimes thought. With regard to the military administration, the malaise of frequent unrest among the soldiers is traced to problems of internal structure besetting the military establishment for various reasons, including bad choices of commanding officers.

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