A military officer assisting a tagmarkh in the command of a tagma, commanding when his superior is off duty, and succeeding to the command when his superior is incapacitated. The hypotagmarkh is often placed in command of the left wing of the tagma on the battlefield.

A hypotagmarkh ought to be an experienced commander, but his appointment is at the discretion of his superior, and is often made out of considerations of patronage. The pay of a hypotagmarkh is seven obols per day, plus possible pay for panoply. A hypotaxiarkh is usually provided with an elephant from which to command in battle, and a mahout to drive it.

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