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by Geoffrey Greatrex,Samuel N. C. Lieu

eBook The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars AD 363-628 (Pt. 2) epub
  • ISBN: 0415146879
  • Author: Geoffrey Greatrex,Samuel N. C. Lieu
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 10, 2002)
  • Pages: 406 pages
  • ePUB size: 1980 kb
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Late Antiquity was an eventful period on the eastern frontier of the Roman empire. From the failure of the Emperor Julian's invasion of Persia in 363 AD to the overwhelming victory of the Emperor Heraclius in 628, the Romans and Persians were engaged in almost constant conflict.

Late Antiquity was an eventful period on the eastern frontier of the Roman empire. This book, sequel to the volume covering the years 226-363 AD, provides translations of key texts on relations between the opposing sides, taken from a wide range of sources. This book, sequel to the volume covering the years 226-363 AD, provides translations of key Late Antiquity was an eventful period on the eastern frontier of the Roman empire.

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The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars. London & New York: Routledge, 2002.

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Late Antiquity was an eventful period on the eastern frontier of the Roman empire

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ByGeoffrey Greatrex, Samuel N. This book, sequel to the volume covering the years 226-363 AD, provides translations of key texts on relations between the opposing sides, taken from a wide range of sources

ByGeoffrey Greatrex, Samuel N. The Peace of Jovian and its aftermath in Mesopotamia (363–399)

Late Antiquity was an eventful period on the eastern frontier of the Roman empire. From the failure of the Emperor Julian's invasion of Persia in 363 AD to the overwhelming victory of the Emperor Heraclius in 628, the Romans and Persians were engaged in almost constant conflict.This book, sequel to the volume covering the years 226-363 AD, provides translations of key texts on relations between the opposing sides, taken from a wide range of sources. Many have never before been available in a modern language, and all are fully set in context with expert commentary and extensive annotation. For more information please visit the author's supplementary website at http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~greatrex/ref.html
Comments: (5)
Gela
This book has a great deal of valuable material from a wide variety of sources. I have not read Part I, but in the introduction the authors state that in that volume they only included source texts one after another, while in the present volume they put some narration between extracts in order to give the book a more connected feel. In general this is a commendable practice, but sometimes they go on at great length in their narration while only including snippets from the sources. Sometimes this gets tiresome. On the whole, though, the material provided is very useful.

Five maps appear near the beginning of the book, and they are helpful in situating many of the events. However, there is no index to the maps. After reading through about half the book I got frustrated trying to find every little location in the maps, so I made my own index.

This book is valuable for those who want to know about the relations between the two superpowers of Late Antiquity: The Roman and Persian Empires. It sets the stage for the expansion of Islam, which occurred immediately after the end of the period covered here.
Sennnel
This is a good sourcebook, and I do not really a whole lot to say about it, as it does its job well. It covers the period from the rise of the Sassanians to the failure of Julian's campaigns. It has sources both familiar and obscure, but thankfully the obscure ones are made readily available in English translation, as some of the Arabic and Armenian sources (while very problematic) can be very difficult to acquire. The begins with a small discussion of the sources, listing each author and telling a little about them, such as when they wrote, what language they wrote in and where they were, all of which is indispensable for source analysis. It is also necessary for understanding some of the more obscure sources, for while there is a lot of information on someone like Ammianus Marcellinus, there is very little on Moses Khorenats'i.

Nonetheless, the book has a few flaws. The major one is its lack of visual sources. It calls itself a "documentary history", but with a few plates of the Naqs-i Rustam and Firuzbad would go a long way to providing some more sources from the Sassanian side, as very few exist in this period. This is not asking a whole lot. These rock reliefs provide a lot of information on how the Sassanian kings viewed themselves, and putting a few places is not much of a stretch. The maps also weren't all that great. They were fairly dark and important regions often vanished into the margins, as they were spread over a couple of pages. The one with Roman roads in Syria and Mesopotamia was the only one that was any good, as a cursory search did not turn up any more accessible maps of the Roman roads in that region. The fact that the maps are significantly better in the second volume suggests that this was a clear problem in the first volume, and the authors fixed it. My final criticism is that the book is not complete. You need a copy of Ammianus Marcellinus for the later chapters, because he is just summed up, and the text itself is not provided. The little snippets that they give are virtually useless on their own, but you can't understand the campaigns of Constantius II or Julian without Ammianus, so those sections of the books are incomplete at best. This was presumably done for copyright reasons, but there is no reason that the authors couldn't have made a new translation of the relevant sections, as Ammianus wrote in Latin. It would have expanded this volume significantly, but without Ammianus it is incomplete.

These quibbles are minor in comparison to how accessible many of the obscure Armenian, Arabic and later Byzantine histories have been made in regard to the Eastern frontier. This is a first-rate sourcebook, although it is not perfect. Highly recommended.
VAZGINO
waste of time
Jonariara
This is an essential work for anyone who is interested in the Late Antiquity, Byzantine/Roman History, Sasanian/Iranian history, and the history of war and trade.

Prepared by two of the most well-known scholars of Late Antique history, the book is a delightful academic work which might appeal to the more serious lay audience as well. It escapes the usual dryness of sourcebooks and primary source collections by adding a narrative, providing background information for the events, and comparing the accounts.

The particular strength of the book lies in its use of the lesser known sources such as the Chronicle of Zuqnin or Zachariah of Mytilene.

In some cases, one can argue that better uses could be made of Middle Persian narrative sources and later accounts, although the credibility of those has been seriously questioned by many scholars.

Another possible issue with the book is the use of end-notes. While the decision of the editors to use them is understandable, the absence of extra notes as footnotes discourages one's reference to them and at times makes the work a little hard to understand. I seriously suggest a conversion of the endnotes to footnotes in the future editions.

Both Lieu and Greatrex should be thanked for this effort which is sure to become a classic and a handbook for all students.
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