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In the reign of King Tiberius Julius Rhescuporides, the pious friend of the Caesars and the Romans, in the year 377, on the twelfth day of the month of Peritios, I, Chresta, formerly the wife of Drusus, declare in the house of prayer (????????) that my foster-son Heracles is free once for all, in accordance with my vow, so that he may not be captured or annoyed by my heirs, and may move about wherever he chooses, without let or hindrance, except for the obligation of visiting the house of prayer for worship and constant attendance.
...The great Arabic conquests of the seventh century and the rise of the powerful Eastern Caliphate checked the movement of the Khazars towards the East, and turned it westward, to the shores of the Caspian Sea, the mouths of the Volga and the Don, the Byzantine colonies on the Black and Azov Seas, and, in particular, the flourishing region of Tauris.
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Already in the Biblical times their 'character had been sufficiently tempered', they had learned how to 'bear the bitterest of hardships' and were 'equipped with an inexhaustible store of energy', thus they could survive, 'live for centuries, yea, for thousands of years' under challenging conditions in ethnic enclaves mostly in Southwest Asia and later throughout Europe, during their post-Biblical 'second half'.
...Petersburg, redacted by his daughter Sophie Dubnow-Erlich, biography of Dubnow (in Russian) (New York 1950); Yiddish translation, Dos Lebn un shafn fun Shimen Dubnov (Mexico City 1952) at 212-213; passage from this Speech quoted by Pinson, 'Simon Dubnow' at 13-69, 26, in Dubnow, Nationalism and History (1958).