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Rome and Persia in Late Antiquity: Neighbours and Rivals
by Beate Dignas
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 ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published July 1st 2007)
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This is a book that begins promisingly and with an excellent aim: To provide an introductory history of relations between the Roman and Sassanid Empires in light of recent scholarly approaches to the topic, and to provide access to translations of many of the primary sources (often difficult to find in affordable editions). The two authors certainly succeed at the latter goal. While I'm grateful to the them for giving access in readable translations to many fascinating Roman and Persian document ...more