Beacon System

   A series of fire-signals that warned Constantinople (q.v.) of an Arab invasion into Asia Minor through the Taurus (qq.v.) mountain range. The first signal station was at the fort of Loulon, just north of the Cilician Gates (q.v.). The system was conceived of by Leo the Mathematician (q.v.), who also created synchronized water clocks that were placed at each end of the system. There were 12 specific messages, each of which could be indicated by lighting the first beacon at the particular hour associated with the intended message. The message was received at the final signal-station, located in the Great Palace at Constantinople (qq.v.).

Historical Dictionary of Byzantium . .

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