Cataphractarii! (3) – The cataphract cavalry in a period of 2,500 years

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Continued from Part 2

Mongol 3

Mongol cataphract, 13th century.

By Periklis  Deligiannis


Genetic research uncovering the origins of the British people from prehistoric and historical populations

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[This is a republication from the “People of the British Isles” project of the University of Oxford. You can read this paper in conjunction with my paper AFTER ARTHUR: a synoptic study on the fate of the native Briton population after the Anglo-Saxon invasion and prevalence ]


Britain genetic

Figure  1
A genetic map of the People of the British Isles (Figure 1 from the Nature paper)
For each individual, the coloured symbol representing the genetic cluster to which an individual is assigned is
plotted at the mean position of their grandparents’ birthplaces. Cluster names are in the side-bar.





Byzantine vs NormanBy  Periklis    Deligiannis


The  Byzantines  used  to  call  generally  “Franks“,  “Celts”,  “Latins”  etc,  various  Western  European  peoples  that  they  encountered  at  first  in  Italy  and  then  in  the  Balkan  Peninsula.  Finally  they  encountered  them  as  Crusaders  in  the  walls  of  Constantinople  in  1204,  losing  this  decisive  battle.  But  in  1261,  the  Byzantines  managed  to  reclaim  their  capital.

At  first  the  Byzantine  Empire  confronted  in  Italy  the  Franks  (the “genuine”  Franks  of  Gaul  and  Germany)  and  the  Longobards  (known  later  as  Lombards),  especially  during  the  6th-8th  centuries  AD.  The  fighting  tactics  and  strategy  of  these  Germanic  peoples,  which  could  not  be  compared  with  the  ‘scientificity’  of  the  Byzantine/East  Roman  tactics,  were  characterized  largely  by  the  vehemence  and  fighting  spirit  of  their  barbarian  ancestors,  but  also  by  the  lack  of  efficient  organization.

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