Byzantine Battleships and Military Transport Vessels along the Hostile Shores

Authors

  • Yanko Hristov South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Faculty of Law and History, Department of History, 66 Ivan Mihaylov Str., 2700 Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7882-9749
  • Dafina Kostadinova South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Faculty of Philology, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, 66 Ivan Mihaylov Str., 2700 Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2466-7980

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18778/2084-140X.11.30

Keywords:

Byzantine navy, western Black Sea, debarkment, dikes, ditches and ramparts, battle of Anchialos (763 AD)

Abstract

The establishment of the Bulgarian Khanate along the Lower Danube River and the Northern Black Sea coast changed the geo-political situation in the early medieval Southeastern Europe. It is beyond doubt that the Bulgarians did not develop navy or commercial fleets at that time. However, one cannot reveal substantial reserves about the statement that Khan Asparukh’ descendants were not completely disadvantaged by their Black Sea coastline that they managed to keep under control due to political and military reasons. This becomes clear if the prolonged series of clashes between Byzantium and Bulgaria in 750s–770s are taken into consideration. Despite an obvious usefulness of the cooperation between land armies and navy squadrons in those endeavors, as well as the nonchallenged Byzantine maritime supremacy along the Black Sea shores, the Imperial navy met substantial difficulties or did not completely accomplish its tasks on many occasions.

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Hristov, Y., & Kostadinova, D. (2021). Byzantine Battleships and Military Transport Vessels along the Hostile Shores. Studia Ceranea. Journal of the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe, 11, 579–609. https://doi.org/10.18778/2084-140X.11.30

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