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[RP] Tagma ton Athanaton / Coats of Arms - Oath / Announcements
« on: 22 November, 2016, 09:02:10 PM »
Ιστορία

Οι Αθάνατοι ήταν ένα από τα αυτοκρατορικά τάγματα της Βυζαντινής Αυτοκρατορίας. Το τάγμα δημιουργήθηκε προς το τέλος του 10ου αιώνα.

Οι Αθάνατοι ήταν κυρίως αριστοκρατικής καταγωγής και αρχικά οργανώθηκαν ως τάγμα υπό τον Ιωάννη Τζιμισκή. Επαναφορά του θεσμού των Αθανάτων γίνεται επί του αυτοκράτορα Μιχαήλ Ζ'. Ο στρατηγός του Μιχαήλ, Νικηφόρος, αναδιοργάνωσε το στρατό και τα αυτοκρατορικά τάγματα μετά την ήττα στη Μάχη του Ματζικέρτ από τους Σελτζούκους Τούρκους. Οι Σελτζούκοι είχαν καταλάβει το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της Μικράς Ασίας που ήταν η μεγαλύτερη πηγή στρατιωτών για τη Βυζαντινή Αυτοκρατορία.

Τα εναπομείναντα θεματικά τάγματα των θεμάτων της Μικράς Ασίας συγκεντρώθηκαν και αποτέλεσαν τα τάγματα των Αθανάτων. Εικάζεται ότι οι αθάνατοι ήταν τάγματα ιππικού, αλλά δεν είναι σίγουρο.

Ο βυζαντινός ιστορικός Νικηφόρος Βρυέννιος υπολόγισε ότι οι Αθάνατοι ήταν περίπου 10,000. Προσθέτει επίσης ότι αθάνατοι ονομάζονταν αρχικά μόνο οι αξιωματικοί των ταγμάτων και αργότερα ο τίτλος δινόταν σε ολόκληρα τα τάγματα.

Το τάγμα των αθανάτων έπαψε να υπάρχει μετά το θάνατο του αυτοκράτορα Αλέξιου Α' (1118).



History

The Athanatoi  were one of the elite tagmata military units of the Byzantine Empire, first raised during the late 10th century.
The Athanatoi were a body of young men of noble status that was originally raised by John I Tzimiskes (r. 969-976) in 970 for his war with the Rus', where they played a decisive role in the battles before Preslav and during the Siege of Dorostolon. The unit was commanded by a domestikos, as with most of the other tagmata, and on campaign camped near the imperial bodyguard, the Hetaireia. The contemporary historian Leo the Deacon describes the Athanatoi as heavily armoured shock cavalry, "sheathed in armour" or as "armed horsemen adorned with gold". Tzimiskes' unit was probably disbanded shortly after his death, since it does not appear again in the sources.

The name of the Athanatoi was revived under the Emperor Michael VII (r. 1071–1078), when his minister Nikephoritzes reorganised the army. This reorganisation was part of an effort to address a major military crisis for the Empire following the disastrous defeat suffered by the Byzantines against the Seljuk Turks at the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. The Seljuks had subsequently overrun most of Asia Minor, which had provided the main recruiting ground for the pre-Manzikert army. As part of the reorganisation process, the remnants of the provincial troops of the Eastern themata (military provinces) were brought together as the Immortals, providing a new Tagmatic regiment. The new Immortals may have been cavalry, like the bulk of the old Byzantine field army, but this is not certain.

Contemporary documents seem to place the Athanatoi among other foreign contingents, but modern scholars usually consider the unit to have been composed of native Byzantines.[1] The Byzantine historian Nikephoros Bryennios the Younger records that the Immortals numbered 10,000, but this is most likely an allusion to the old Persian Immortal Guard. The new unit fought under the future emperor Alexios I Komnenos in the Battle of Kalavrye (1078) against the rebel general Nikephoros Bryennios the Elder, and are mentioned in the wars against the Pechenegs in the 1090s, but disappear thereafter, along with another contemporary creation, the Archontopouloi. 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortals_(Byzantine_Empire)



Coats of arms and Oath




Διοικητική Διάρθρωση του Τάγματος των Αθανάτων
Administrative Structure of the Tagma tōn Athanatōn
 

 
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Re: [RP] Tagma ton Athanaton / Coats of Arms
« Reply #1 on: 22 November, 2016, 09:08:59 PM »
ΟΡΙΣΜΟΣ ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΙΟΥ ΤΑΓΜΑΤΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΘΑΝΑΤΩΝ / COUNCIL NOMINATION OF THE TAGMA TON ATHANATON




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Re: [RP] Tagma ton Athanaton / Coats of Arms
« Reply #2 on: 23 November, 2016, 11:34:39 AM »
Invitation to the knighthood nomination ceremony

Πρόσκληση στην τελετή ανακήρυξης νέων ιπποτών του Τάγματος των Αθανάτων


Υποψήφιοι για το χρίσμα Ιππότες του Τάγματος των Αθανάτων
Ioulios Protopapas
Aeolos Mavricius

Candidates for Knighthood nomination of the Tagma ton Athanaton
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Re: [RP] Tagma ton Athanaton / Coats of Arms - Oath / Announcements
« Reply #3 on: 25 November, 2016, 10:15:34 AM »
Νιώθω μεγάλη τιμή για την πρόσκληση στο τάγμα των Αθανάτων. Ορκίζομαι να υπηρετώ πιστά τον αρχηγό του τάγματος μέχρι το τέλος της ζωής μου. Φυσικά θα παραστώ με χαρά στην τελετή.

Ο διοικητής φρουράς της Τορτόσα
Ιούλιος Πρωτόπαπας

I am greatly honored to be invited in the Athanatoi order. I swear to serve the leader of the order until I die. I will gladly atend to the ceremony.

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Re: [RP] Tagma ton Athanaton / Coats of Arms - Oath / Announcements
« Reply #4 on: 01 December, 2016, 12:28:55 PM »
Nomination Knighthood of Tagma ton Athanaton



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Re: [RP] Tagma ton Athanaton / Coats of Arms - Oath / Announcements
« Reply #5 on: 13 December, 2016, 05:13:12 PM »
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We bring forth this epic battle and the heroic actions of our great soldiers, who are all bearers of both Glory and Sorrow. We gave our battle and most importantly we  know that we stood beside our allies. We stood with them not when they were strong, but when they were weak. We stood with them not when they were winning but when they could loose their territories . We stood with them not when we might gain something but when we could lose everything.


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