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Rome and Persia in Late Antiquity: Neighbours and Rivals

TL;DR: Rome and Iran to the beginning of the third century AD as mentioned in this paper, a chronological survey of the Sasanian Empire and its relations with the Roman Empire, is presented in this book.
Abstract: 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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30 Jan 2009

287 citations

01 Jan 2017
TL;DR: The 18 Bucher umfassende Chronik des Johannes Malalas stellt das alteste erhaltene Beispiel einer byzantinischen Weltchronik dar and bietet damit singulare Einblicke in die Fruhphase einer literarischen Gattung, die fur das byzinische Mittelalter zentrale Bedeutung besessen hat as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: Die 18 Bucher umfassende Chronik des Johannes Malalas stellt das alteste erhaltene Beispiel einer byzantinischen Weltchronik dar und bietet damit singulare Einblicke in die Fruhphase einer literarischen Gattung, die fur das byzantinische Mittelalter zentrale Bedeutung besessen hat. Die moderne Forschung sieht das Werk als eine wichtige zeithistorische Quelle fur die Geschichte des 5. und 6. Jahrhunderts n. Chr., das auch Einblicke in kultur- und mentalitatsgeschichtliche Aspekte erlaubt. Trotz steigenden Forschungsinteresses sind viele grundlegende Fragen nach wie vor offen: Welche Ausbildung hat Malalas durchlaufen, woran hat er geglaubt? In welche Gattung gehort sein Werk, das gemeinhin Chronik genannt wird? Kann mittels anderer Textzeugnisse der verlorene Urtext des Malalas erschlossen werden? Im ersten Band der Malalas-Studien, der die Ergebnisse der Auftakttagung des Tubinger Projektes zur historischen und philologischen Kommentierung der Chronik prasentiert, werden insbesondere drei Schwerpunkte beleuchtet: die Frage nach der Person des Autors, nach der Uberlieferung seiner Chronik und der mittelalterlichen (mehrsprachigen) Malalas-Tradition sowie die Frage nach der Gattung der Chronik und ihrer zeitgeschichtlichen sowie intellektuellen Verankerung.

112 citations

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23 Oct 2014
TL;DR: The authors examined the narratives put out by the new dynasty, and how the literary elite responded with divergent visions of their own, focusing on four long Greek narrative texts from the period, each of which constructs its own version of the empire, each defined by different Greek and Roman elements and each differently affected by dynastic change.
Abstract: "The political instability of the Severan Period (AD 193-235) destroyed the High Imperial consensus about the Roman past and caused both rulers and subjects constantly to re-imagine and re-narrate both recent events and the larger shape of Greco-Roman history and cultural identity. This book examines the narratives put out by the new dynasty, and how the literary elite responded with divergent visions of their own. It focuses on four long Greek narrative texts from the period (by Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian), each of which constructs its own version of the empire, each defined by different Greek and Roman elements and each differently affected by dynastic change, especially that from Antonine to Severan. Innovative theories of narrative are used to produce new readings of these works that bring political, literary and cultural perspectives together in a unified presentation of the Severan era as a distinctive historical moment"--

65 citations

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31 Dec 2011
TL;DR: The authors provides an anthology of sources highlighting Manichaeism, a gnostic religion which flourished largely clandestinely in the Near East, Central Asia, and China until the beginning of the seventeenth century.
Abstract: This book provides an anthology of sources highlighting Manichaeism, a gnostic religion which flourished largely clandestinely in the Near East, Central Asia, and China until the beginning of the seventeenth century. It translates and discusses the importance of a number of Arabic, Syriac, and Hebrew testimonies for a proper understanding of the cultural importance of what most scholars consider to be the first 'world religion.' Many of these sources are translated here into English for the first time.

59 citations

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05 Sep 1989
TL;DR: Acknowldgements Preface Editions and abbreviations Setting the stage Inventing Persia The barbarian enters myth An Athenian rhetoric The polarity deconstructed Bibliography Index.
Abstract: Acknowldgements Preface Editions and abbreviations Setting the stage Inventing Persia The barbarian enters myth An Athenian rhetoric The polarity deconstructed Bibliography Index

542 citations

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01 Jan 1976
TL;DR: Luttwak's formulations are as refreshing as they are convincing as discussed by the authors, and he has done for Roman historians what they have not done for themselves.' -Z. Yavetz, New Republic
Abstract: 'A fascinating book, well written and forcefully argued...Luttwak's formulations are as refreshing as they are convincing...He has done for Roman historians what they have not done for themselves.' -Z. Yavetz, New Republic

283 citations