A military officer, roughly equivalent to a major, commanding a taxis with the assistance of a hypotaxiarkh. The senior taxiarkh of a tagma is often placed in command of the right wing of the tagma in battle, leaving his taxis to his hypotaxiarkh.

He appoints his hypotaxiarkh and advises the tagmarkh and lokhagoi on appointments, and thus has some patronage to dispense. A taxiarkh ought to be an experienced officer, but considerations of patronage often dictate his appointment.

The pay of a company commander is six obols per day, plus possible pay for panoply. In regular units (i.e. not militia), a taxiarkh is usually provided with an elephant from which to command in battle, and a mahout to drive it.

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