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Byzantium Reborn

Nikolas Dynasty
Troop Types
Guard Army
Katapharact Style Cavalry
Latinikon Style Cavalry
Trapezitae Style Cavalry
Hippo-Toxati Style Cavalry
Hopilite Style Infantry
Latinikon Style Infantry
Varganian Style Infantry
Toxotai Style Archers
Inglinoi Style Archers
Trangra Style Archers
Cheirosiphones
Tagmata Troop Types
Akritoi Style Cavalry
Katapharact Style Cavalry
Latinikon Style Cavalry
Trapezitae Style Cavalry
Hippo-Toxati Style Cavalry
Hopilite Style Infantry
Latinikon Style Infantry
Pisoli Style Infantry
Toxotai Style Archers
Trangra Style Archers
Cheirosiphones
Thematic Troop Types
Katapharact Style Cavalry
Trapezitae Style Cavalry
Hippo-Toxati Style Cavalry
Hopilite Style Infantry
Pisoli Style Infantry
Toxotai Style Archers
Byzantine Units
Guard
Archontopouloi (Latinikon Style Cavalry)

During the Seljuq invasion of Byzantine Asia Minor, there were increased numbers of orphans
that led Emperor (r. 10811118) to initiate rescue efforts. These orphans were later recruited to form a
distinct military unit, known as the archontopouloi, the "sons of the archons (leaders)". It was a cavalry
unit and numbered circa 2,000 men. They were specifically recruited among the orphans of the
Byzantine officers that died in battle. They were also armed and trained by the state and in the process
became the elite troops of the Byzantine emperor. The archontopouloi are considered to be the only
Byzantine orphan care institution directly influenced by ancient Greek policies (Classical Athens).
Although compared to a Spartan institution, the better documented Athenian tradition to aid the
children of deceased warriors was the probable inspiration for
Athanatoi (Immortals, Katapharact Style Cavalry)
The Athanatoi were a body of young men of noble status that was originally raised by John I Tzimiskes
(r. 969-976) for his war with the Rus'. The unit was disbanded shortly afterwards, but was reformed by
the Nikolas Dynasty. The Athanatoi where very impresive sight with their gold and silver armour.
Excubitors (The Sentinels Katapharact Style Cavalry)
Hikanatoi (the Able Ones Katapharact Style Cavalry)
Maniakalatai (Latinikon Style Cavalry)
Megathymoi ( Latinikon Style Cavalry)
Noumeroi (The Numbers Hopilite Style Infantry)
a garrison unit for Constantinople
Optimatoi (the Best, Katapharact Style Cavalry)
Paramonai (Latinikon Style Cavalry and Infantry)
Scholae Palatinae (The Schools Katapharact Style Cavalry )
Satrapai ( Katapharact Style Cavalry)
Stratlatai (Drivers Katapharact Style Cavalry
Teichen (of the Walls, Hopilite Style Infantry)
Vardariotai (Hippo-Toxotai Cavalry)
Varangian Guard (Varangian style Infantry)
Vestiaritai (Latinikon-Style Infantry)
Vigla (Watch, Katapharact Style Cavalry)
Tagmata
Themes