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i have only ever had minimal interest in the exarchates that were set up by the Eastern Emperor Maurice in the 6th century to deal with the increasing number of enemies in the western provinces. i was just wondering if anyone has any good sources on how exactly these exarchates worked. there is some stuff on wikipedia but i was hoping for a bit more.. any help?

 

anyway possibly this could devolve into a discussion on the exarchates, their effectiveness and how it worked.

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I always looked at the Exarchates as a sort of Governor who ruled the corresponding lands in the name of the Emperor.

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Nerva is more or less correct. The exarchs were military governors initially assigned in an ad hoc capacity that basically become the norm considering the exarchates' short existence. Consult John Haldon's "Warfare, State and Society in the Byzantine World 565-1204" for a bit more information.

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