- Feb 2010
- Canary Islands-Spain
So basically all this does is represent a more gradual evolution of the Roman army (or rather its financing) from the 4th through 11th centuries. Thoughts?
This is an interesting point of view, and can complement what is known about the evolution of the LRE
However, the basic idea is maybe wrong. The thematic system was more than just a way to pay, without allocation of land. This is against all what we know about the themes and legislation of sucessive emperors to protect small thematic landowners, in order to reinforce the central military against the local landlords.
Also the the clear division of LRE into civil and military administration was blurred after the 7th century, in agreement with the classic theory of thematic organization and the concentration of civil and military power in one official. In this regard, the breaking certainly happened and had to be a sharp one.