Logistical modelling of a sea-borne expedition in the Mediterranean: the case of the Byzantine invasion of Crete in AD 960

@article{McMahon2021LogisticalMO,
  title={Logistical modelling of a sea-borne expedition in the Mediterranean: the case of the Byzantine invasion of Crete in AD 960},
  author={Lucas McMahon},
  journal={Mediterranean Historical Review},
  year={2021},
  volume={36},
  pages={63 - 94}
}
  • Lucas McMahon
  • Published 2 January 2021
  • Mediterranean Historical Review
The Byzantine invasion of Crete in AD 960 provides a good opportunity to re-examine questions about the relative ease of supplying pre-modern armies by water in the Mediterranean basin. A combination of documentary, historical, and archaeological evidence suggests that the logistics behind supply by sea is more difficult than previously supposed. The army of Nikephoros Phokas besieged Chandax from July 960 to March 961 and had trouble supplying themselves with resources from the island. This… 

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