Rome and Persia in Late Antiquity: Neighbours and Rivals

Rome and Persia in Late Antiquity: Neighbours and Rivals

by Beate Dignas, Engelbert Winter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521614074

ISBN-13: 9780521614078

Pub. Date: 08/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The foundation of the Sasanian Empire in Persia in AD 224 established a formidable new power on the Roman Empire's eastern frontier, and relations over the next four centuries proved turbulent. This book provides a chronological narrative of their relationship, supported by a substantial collection of translated sources illustrating structural patterns. The political…  See more details below

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The foundation of the Sasanian Empire in Persia in AD 224 established a formidable new power on the Roman Empire's eastern frontier, and relations over the next four centuries proved turbulent. This book provides a chronological narrative of their relationship, supported by a substantial collection of translated sources illustrating structural patterns. The political goals of the two sides, their military confrontations and their diplomatic solutions are discussed, as well as the common interests between the two powers. Special attention is given to the situation of Arabia and Armenia, to economic aspects, the protection of the frontiers, the religious life in both empires and the channels of communication between East and West. Considerable attention is also paid to exploring the role played by the Sasanians in the history of the ancient Near East. The book will prove invaluable for students and non-specialists interested in late antiquity and early Byzantium.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521614078
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Narrative: 1. Rome and Iran to the beginning of the third century AD; 2. Rome and the Sasanian Empire - a chronological survey; Part II. Sources and Contexts: 3. Political goals; 4. Warfare; 5. Military confrontations; 6. The diplomatic solutions; 7. Arabia between the great powers; 8. Shared interests - continuing conflicts; 9. Religion - Christianity and Zoroastrianism; 10. Emperor and King of Kings; 11. Exchange of information between West and East; Part III. Appendices.

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