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By Geoffrey Greatrex, Samuel N. C. Lieu

Overdue Antiquity used to be an eventful interval at the japanese frontier of the Roman empire. From the failure of the Emperor Julian's invasion of Persia in 363 advert to the overpowering victory of the Emperor Heraclius in 628, the Romans and Persians have been engaged in virtually consistent clash. This e-book, sequel to the quantity masking the years 226-363 advert, offers translations of key texts on family among the opposing aspects, taken from a variety of assets. Many have by no means ahead of been to be had in a latest language, and all are totally set in context with specialist observation and wide annotation. for additional info please stopover at the author's supplementary site at

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Whether it was built to defend against the Persians, as they sought to take over Armenia, or against Hunnic raids, is unclear. See Gregory 1997: I, 214, II, 46–8. 53 One instance of this importance is provided by the revolt of Mavia late in Valens’ reign; it followed the death of the king of the tribe, probably that of the Tanukhids, and was only brought to a halt by diplomatic means. Queen Mavia was conciliated by the appointment of a bishop not tainted by the emperor’s Arianism, and her daughter was married to a high-ranking commander in the East, Victor.

Gollancz, rev. M. 2: They (Jovian and Shapur) prepared a document on 8 THE PEACE OF JOVIAN the frontier regarding Nisibis and the peace of the churches in Persia (to last for) a hundred years according to the contract which came from the kings. And Nisibis was surrendered to the Persians, devoid of its inhabitants, in the month of August in the year 674 (363), according to the chronology of the Greeks. Jovian was satisfied in his mind that, by making peace, he would be able by his skill to rescue his troops (from) the imprisonment in which they found themselves.

6–7: see volume 1. 7: While these vain attempts were going on, king Shapur, both while at a distance, and also when he had drawn near, received from his scouts and from our deserters a true account of the gallant exploits of our men, of the disgraceful massacres of his own troops, and of the killing of his elephants, in numbers he did not recall (being lost before) during his reign. (And he heard) also that the Roman army, being hardened by its continual labours since the death of its glorious chief, did not now think so much, as they said,3 of safety as of revenge, and (was resolved) to put an end to the distress of their current situation either by a complete victory or by a glorious death.

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