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The History of Theophylact Simocatta

01 Jan 1987-Classical World (JSTOR)-Vol. 80, Iss: 4, pp 324
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TL;DR: In this article , the authors present and analyze several Iranian and Roman/Byzantine sources with the aim of demonstrating how Sasanians represented themselves as superior to the Romans, while granting them an important role as the main enemy in the cosmological final battle according to the Zoroastrian tradition.
Abstract: The Sasanian and Roman/Byzantine Empires were protagonists in a harsh military confrontation lasting almost four centuries. However, at the same time they built a sophisticated rhetoric of coexistence and a language of diplomacy to pursue their own political goals. While there are many Roman and Byzantine sources describing the Sasanian world, hardly anything is known about how the Sasanians and Zoroastrians perceived the Romans from a cosmological point of view. The shaping of an Iranian identity in Sasanian times demanded the construction of a hostile ‘‘other’’. Rome became that “other” and the Iranian and Zoroastrian world’s fatal arch-enemy. This article will present and analyze several Iranian and Roman/Byzantine sources with the aim of demonstrating how Sasanians represented themselves as superior to the Romans, while granting them an important role as the main enemy in the context of the cosmological final battle according to the Zoroastrian tradition.
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01 Jan 2013
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors discuss the role of the hippodrome in late anti-revolutionary activities in the late nineties and present early examples of the Hippodrome defending itself against anti-government attacks.
Abstract: II TABLE OF CONTENTS III ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS IV GENERAL INTRODUCTION 1 CHAPTER 1: FACTION RIOTS AND THE ROLE OF THE HIPPODROME IN LATE ANTIQUITY 5 INTRODUCTION 5 TYPOLOGY OF LATE ANTIQUE RIOTS 6 THE HIPPODROME 11 REMOVAL OF OFFICIALS 14 ECONOMIC RIOTS 18 RELEASE OF PRISONERS 20 CONCLUSION 22 CHAPTER 2: MILITARY ASPECTS OF THE FACTIONS 23 INTRODUCTION 23 EARLY EXAMPLES OF CITIZENS DEFENDING A CITY 26 EVIDENCE FOR MILITARY INVOLVEMENT 27 EVIDENCE OF POLITICAL AUTHORITY 32 CONCLUSION 36 CHAPTER 3: IMPERIAL CEREMONIAL AND THE FACTIONS’ ROLE IN ACCLAMATIONS 38 INTRODUCTION 38 MILITARY TO CIVILIAN CEREMONIAL 40 EVIDENCE FOR EMPEROR MAKING 44 SOCIAL AND LEGAL LENIENCY 48 CONCLUSION 50 GENERAL CONCLUSION 52
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TL;DR: At least three fragments places in Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos' narrative of the Avar wars have no parallels either in Theophylakt Simokatta and Theophanes as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: At least three fragments places in Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos‘ narrative of the Avar wars have no parallels either in Theophylakt Simokatta or in Theophanes. The nature of the evidence cited in these passages cannot be a logical reconstruction based on the texts of either of the mentioned authors. This means that Xanthopoulos, the Church historian of the 14th century, had at his disposal a source on the 6th century which has not come down to us.