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    Posted: 07-Apr-2009 at 22:44
Originally posted by Vorian

What I find fascinating is the different way the island societies developed in the Aegean. If somebody vistis Cyclades and then Chios he will see totally different architecture etc.
The Ionian islands are a whole different story of course.
 
Thanks for replying, Vorian.
 
Do you mean the way they developed in the classical period or after the fall of Byzantium?
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After the fall of Byzantium. I'm afraid I don't know much about the islands prior to that.
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Originally posted by Byzantine Emperor

It is interesting to see that a distinction is made in both the terminology and the functions of different types of vigla.  So, are these terms/distinctions (imerovigli, kaminovigla) from the late Byzantine or early modern period?
 
Originally posted by Patrinos

According to "De velitatione bellica" (Περὶ παραδρομῆς πολέμου) attributed to Emperor Nicephorus II Phocas vigles must have a distance of about 3-4 miles. Phocas(if he was the real author of this work), speaks about a well organised military system aroud vigles that I don't think that  survived under Ottomans as it was but with its simplest version, meaning just rotation of individual sentinels.
 
Thank you for summarizing the treatise's recommendations for the vigla.  I know of Περὶ παραδρομῆς πολέμου but have not looked at it much since it is beyond the time period I am working on at the moment (late 6th century).
 
This gets to the heart of my question about the military organizations that were installed along with these imperial institutions and whether or not they carried over into the Ottoman period.  It would be an interesting comparative research project!
 
As pointed somewhere in the Late Byzantine Army thread, the vigla was not only a watchtower, but also the guard. It is a structure probably inherited from Antiquity (the origin of the term seems to be in the Latin vigilia)
 
Vigla is mentioned by Theophanes Confessor (Chronographia, year 6283). The Empress Irene sent the vigla droungarios (to me the text suggests it was only one vigla in the entire empire) to deal with a rebellion in the Armeniakon theme.
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