Miklagard Garrison – The New Varangian Guard

The New Varangian Guard has a number of garrisons around Australia re-enacting the Varangian Guard – the elite bodyguard of the Byzantine Emperor. The garrison in Sydney, NSW is Miklagard Garrison, “Miklagard” from the Norse for “the Great City” (Constantinople). The Sydney garrison focuses on the interaction between Byzantium and the Kievan Rus’ in the period 969-1015AD. Miklagard will be presenting an immersive display, offering a glimpse of life in a Byzantine Military Encampment, including cooking on a camp hearth, talks on Byzantine medical care and Byzantine Military Tactics, as well as displays of soldiers, their equipment and the general civilian retinue that would accompany the soldiers.