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I need your help in creating a new separate page for the heavy infantry know to us all as the Skoutatos or Skoutatoi. What reasons for this and why should we do it? As I found out reading and studying these byzantine soldiers is that are a category of their own right. Of course in byzantine texts and manuals sometimes mentions other infantry like pronoiars, akritoi, psilos, peltasts and others. But what I have encountered is that they (the skoutatos) are what me may of are the only full-time professional soldiers and heavy infantry during late antiquity until the Macedonian dynasty with historical origins to auxiliary cohorts like the scutata and to the late roman legion with scutariorum units, by the disbandment of the roman legion of the east in the 7th century ad, roman legionnaires were still on active duty at the the time but later on changed, they should also seemed to be a Maurikian-form infantry from the seventh to ninth century ad as a post roman form, when of the tenth and eleventh century they were changed once more. Of course there training is identical to that of the roman legionary soldiers. The skoutatoi seems to have their own units of some sort: the kontarioi, menaulatoi, spatharioi, and skhoulárioi. It could also be that they are stratiotis to the Skholai, with being the only well equipped and well organized soldiers in the army, wearing armour like the klibanion, a peritrachelion (a type of neck guard or armour), a korytes teleiai or complete helmets and possibly late roman ridge helmets and late roman models, podopsella and manikella limb armours. They are mentioned by historians like Timothy Dawson, Raffaele D'Amato and others knew that these men served with kentorians, Doux, Komes, and Strategos. Now of course there will be more work, and I'll be glad if all of you at Wikipedia can help me to create this page. Thank you. (xherin)