A military officer assisting a strategos in command of an army, commanding when his superior is off duty, and succeeding to the command when his superior is incapacitated. A hypostrategos ought to to be an experienced commander, but his appointment, which is made by his immediate superior, is often made out of considerations of patronage. Hypostrategoi are not paid, unless they hold other positions as well, but are usually provided with an elephant from which to command in battle, and a mahout to drive it.

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