Did Justinian, Basil II, and John and Manuel Comnenus have the best army in the world during their time period?

Nov 2014
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Did Justinian, Basil II and Nicephorus Phocas, and Manuel/John Comnenus field the best armies in the world for their time period qualitatively if not quantitatively speaking? Or at least the best army in the world west of the Tarim Basin? Or to put it this way, was the Byzantine Army basically the best in world at various times in its history until the high middle ages?
 
Sep 2019
46
Toronto
I think you will have to define what is "best." Best in what: number of people, average strength of person, lands conquered, best weapons, best communication, most wins or in history recorded better.
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
22,321
SoCal
Did Justinian, Basil II and Nicephorus Phocas, and Manuel/John Comnenus field the best armies in the world for their time period qualitatively if not quantitatively speaking? Or at least the best army in the world west of the Tarim Basin? Or to put it this way, was the Byzantine Army basically the best in world at various times in its history until the high middle ages?
I wouldn't call it better than the Arab/Muslim armies of the 7th century considering just how much territory the Byzantines lost to them.
 

Kirialax

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
4,899
Blachernai
No, in general Byzantine military success is down to excellent logistics and communication, and a high level of state organization that permitted them to absorb losses and exploit political divisions among their enemies.
 
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