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45 · B Y Z A N T I U M A N D TH E DECLIN E OF R O M E gather and dispatch other naval forces to the western Mediterranean for major campaigns. Events, however, repeatedly showed that during the fifth century it was difficult for the Byzantine empire to spare sufficient troops for prolonged periods in the western Mediterranean fronts, because these troops were required to contain internal threats and external frontier pressures. Leo wished to protect the Mediterranean coasts of his empire from raids, but his expedition against Africa was also meant to save Italy.

2 (335 Haury-Wirth). The cost and western participation in the expedition: Priscus, frg. 42 (I 350-351 Dindorf). , 1. 6. 3-4 (335-336 Haury-Wirth). , 1. 6. 10-23 (337-339 Haury-Wirth); cf. Courtois, Vandales, 201-203. 95 But Lydus greatly inflates statistics when he complains: Therefore by placing an army which time has not yet ceased to marvel at, on many tens of thousands of ships which they call "Liburnians," Leo reduced the empire to the last extremity, straining it and forcing it to the expenditure of 400,000 men for overseas war and the rigors of a land fortified with inhospitable frontiers, and enriching barbarians beyond counting to bring the army to sufficient strength.

Priscus and Candidus in the fifth century, 92 The number of ships: Cedrenus, Historiarum compendium I. Bekker, ed. (Bonn 1839) I 613. , 1. 6. , 1. 6. 2 (335 Haury-Wirth). The cost and western participation in the expedition: Priscus, frg. 42 (I 350-351 Dindorf). , 1. 6. 3-4 (335-336 Haury-Wirth). , 1. 6. 10-23 (337-339 Haury-Wirth); cf. Courtois, Vandales, 201-203. 95 But Lydus greatly inflates statistics when he complains: Therefore by placing an army which time has not yet ceased to marvel at, on many tens of thousands of ships which they call "Liburnians," Leo reduced the empire to the last extremity, straining it and forcing it to the expenditure of 400,000 men for overseas war and the rigors of a land fortified with inhospitable frontiers, and enriching barbarians beyond counting to bring the army to sufficient strength.

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