The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars AD 226-363: A Documentary History

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Michael H. Dodgeon, Samuel N. C. Lieu
Routledge, 2002 - 460 páginas
The crisis of the third century saw Rome not only embroiled in contests of succeeding short-lived Emperors, but assailed by an increasing variety of hostile peoples from outside its frontiers. Owing to the complex racial interplay of this period, the sources for its history have to be compiled from a wide variety of sources. The least adequate are those in Latin, the imperial lives of the Historia Augusta . These have to be supplemented by the Greek chronicles of Zosimus and John Malalas of Antioch, as well as the Armenian history of Moses of Chorene, the Arabic History of the Arabs of Al-Tabari , as well as inscriptions in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Syrian and other languages. This volume collects these diverse sources for the first time in English translation, and will be a uniquely valuable resource for scholars working on a period of Roman history that is attracting increasing attention.
 

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Introduction
1
1 The Rise of the Sassanians
8
2 The Persian Expedition of Gordian III
29
3 The Second and Third Campaigns of Shapur I against the Roman Empire
42
4 The Rise and Fall of Palmyra
59
5 From Probus to Diocletian
97
6 Rome and Shapur II
126
7 Rome and Shapur II
145
Appendix 1 Select passages from sources in Arabic and New Persian
237
Appendix 2 Select passages from Armenian historians
257
Appendix 3 Select documents from Dura Europos
278
Appendix 4 Eastern victories in imperial titulature From Alexander Severus to Constantius II 2223611
285
Appendix 5 The frontier units according to the notitia dignitatum
289
Notes
296
Bibliography of secondary works
345
Index of translated passages
361

8 Rome and Shapur II
185
9 Rome and Shapur II
201
General index
375
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