Bardukion training

Martyrium of St. Autonomous
Martyrium of St. Autonomous

Mace was one of the favorite weapons used by the East Roman (byzantine) army. Various names regarding mace can be found in contemporary sources, describing probably various types. Apelatikion, bardoukion, matzoukion, koryni, ropalon, ravdion, sidiroravdion are just some of these terms. Mace was carried by humble soldiers -like apelatai and akritai- ,as well as by the elite tagmata regiments of cataphracts, nobility and the emperor himself. Different types were used for throwing or just for thrusting.

Eastern Roman foot soldier with bardukion.
Eastern Roman foot soldier with bardukion.

 

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