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Offline Quant.Geek

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Byzantine Empire: Leo III the Isaurian (717-741) Follis, Constantinople (Sear 1516; DOC 39)

Obv: LЄON S CON; Two busts facing, Leo on left, bearded, and Constantine, usually slightly smaller, on right. Each wears chlamys with conspicuous tablion and crown with cross, and holds akaka in right
Rev: Large M; X/X/X - N/N/N across field, cross above, A below

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Re: Byzantine Empire: Leo III the Isaurian (717-741) Follis, Constantinople
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2019, 11:19:09 AM »
A fun portrait that shows Leo as moustachioed. More important, Leo's use of Greek fire* to beat the Umayyad fleet before Constantinople resulted in the isolation of the ground forces, leading to their retreat. Interestingly, the composition of Greek fire remains an unsolved secret of history.

This lesson in the capacity of technology to offset numerical inferiority was once again not heeded. It would take Leonardo da Vinci, centuries later, to turn the lesson into a subsidy for military research. And yet, the lesson applied again when Saddam Hussain's extended complex of defensive structures and massive land force were proven to be of no use in the face of a small, but professional and well equipped opponent.


* Greek fire was also used in the first siege of Constantinopel.
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