The History of Theophylact Simocatta

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This is the first translation into English of the History of Theophylact Simocatta, the last major historian of classical antiquity. By far the most important source for the history of the late sixth century A.D., the History has never before been fully evaluated due to Theophylact's obscure and idiosyncratic style. The narrative concentrates on the acts of war that threatened the stability of the reign of Emperor Maurice (A.D. 582-602)--the Persian War and struggles with the Avar federation and the Slav tribes in the Balkans.

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Theophylact wrote about the history of the Emperors Maurice and Phocas. We would dearly love to have had him go on into the reign of Heraclius and cover that emperor's death struggle with the Persians ... Read full review

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Treaty of Romans and Avars
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Concerning the Indians with white bodies
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Concerning the revolt by the Armenians
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Michael Whitby is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. He is the co-editor of Volume XIV of The Cambridge Ancient History (2001) and author of Rome at War, AD 293 696 (2002) as well as several articles on late Roman warfare, and has made several television appearances talking about ancient warfare from the Graeco-Persian Wars to the collapse of the Roman Empire.

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