(τὸ βάνδον; tò bándon). Originally the description of the colours of small military units, bandum was used for the units themselves from the 6th cent. In the 10th cent., a bandum consisted of 50-100 heavily or 200-400 lightly armed soldiers. The bandum was commanded by a comes ; five to seven banda formed a turma. The term remained in use until the 14th cent.
J. Haldon, Byzantine Praetorians, 1984, 172-173, 276-277
T. Kolias, s.v. Heer, LMA 4, 1989, 2002-2004.
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Makris, Georgios (Bochum),
Brill’s New Pauly
, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry.
Consulted online on 17 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e212260>
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