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Byzantine-Iranian relations before and after the death of Khusrau II: A critical examination of the evidence

01 Jan 2000-Bulletin of the Asia Institute (Wayne State University Press)-Vol. 14, pp 27-45
About: This article is published in Bulletin of the Asia Institute.The article was published on 2000-01-01 and is currently open access. It has received 4 citations till now. The article focuses on the topics: Byzantine architecture.
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Philip Wood1
TL;DR: In this article, the authors consider the Islamic-era sources that report the history of the last Sasanian kings and focus on scenes that seem to indicate Christian influence and ask what this tells us about Christian transmission of the Middle Persian royal histories and about the position of Christians in the empire more broadly.
Abstract: This article considers the Islamic-era sources that report the history of the last Sasanian kings. It focuses on scenes that seem to indicate Christian influence and asks what this tells us about Christian transmission of the Middle Persian royal histories and about the position of Christians in the empire more broadly. In particular, it discusses three scenes from al-Ṭabarī: his presentation of Hormizd IV as a ‘pluralist’ monarch; the changing attitudes of Christians to Khusrau II and the presentation of Khusrau's short-lived successors.

7 citations

26 Apr 2016
TL;DR: In this article, the authors examined four historical sources originally written in Greek, Armenian, Arabic and Persian regarding Bahrām Cubin and gave light on their respective styles, tendencies and religious and historical affiliations.
Abstract: In this article I will examine four historiographical sources originally written in Greek, Armenian, Arabic and Persian regarding Bahrām Cubin. Given that the sources represent four distinct historiographical traditions they will give light on their respective styles, tendencies and religious and historical affiliations.

5 citations

Book ChapterDOI
01 Jan 2019
TL;DR: In this paper, an overview of all the accessible sources dealing with the Avar siege of Constantinople in 626 is presented, including Byzantine narrative and liturgical and hagiographical sources.
Abstract: This chapter presents an overview of all the accessible sources dealing with the Avar siege of Constantinople in 626. Core information about contemporary testimonies is elaborated on in order to process their partial motifs in the later parts of this book. The rest of the sources are ordered according to their provenience and genre. After presenting the contemporary accounts of the siege, the chapter then focuses on Byzantine narrative and liturgical and hagiographical sources before dwelling on testimonies of various types (correspondence, historical epos, and court poetry). The next part of the overview presents further information on non-Byzantine sources as well.
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26 Jul 2019
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors describe the final moments of the Avar siege leading up to the Avars departure from the city along with their allies, with a primary focus on motifs derived from contemporary sources.
Abstract: This chapter describes the final moments of the Avar siege leading up to the Avars’ departure from the city along with their allies. There is some contemplation about the causes of the Avars’ failure in taking Constantinople with a primary focus on motifs derived from contemporary sources. The largest part of this chapter is dedicated to the fates of the Persian army led by Shahrbaraz and the motif of the falsified letter. Above all, there is a careful discussion of the story by the Byzantine chronicler Theophanes, who used pieces of information from two independent sources when writing his report on the siege. This version is then compared in detail with other reports of Eastern provenience that carry this motif. In the conclusion, there is some comment on the further development of the last Roman–Persian war and the significance of the Avar siege in the context of that broader conflict.