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An Illustration from the Joshua Roll
The Scouts Report.
Joshua Sends a Small Force to Attack Ai.
A larger image of Joshua Roll 07r - The Scouts Report. Joshua Sends a Small Force to Attack Ai, Joshua Roll, Va. Pal. Graec. 431.
Josua-Rolle, Codex Vaticanus Pal. Graec. 431. Byzantine, 10th century. Biblioteca Apostolica, Vatican.
3 Then they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Not all the people need go up; about two or three thousand men should go up and attack Ai. Since they are so few, do not make the whole people toil up there.” 4 So about three thousand of the people went up there; and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 The men of Ai killed about thirty-six of them, chasing them from outside the gate as far as Shebarim and killing them on the slope. The hearts of the people melted and turned to water.
Referenced on p30, MAA 89 Byzantine Armies 886-1118 by Ian Heath & Angus McBride
Another fine study of skutatoi equipment from the Joshua Roll, showing corselets with pteruges, breast-bands and shoulder-pieces.
The neck-guards of their helmets appear to be flexible so are probably leather. Uniforms in this source are chiefly red, sometimes blue.
(Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome).
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