Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium

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Cambridge University Press, 27 Μαρ 2003 - 359 σελίδες
This book evaluates the life and empire of the pivotal yet controversial and poorly understood Buzantine emperor Heraclius (AD 610 641), a contemporary of the Prophet Muhammad. His stormy and war-torn reign is critical for understanding the background to fundamental changes in the Balkans and the Middle East, including the emergence of Islam, at the end of antiquity. He respectievely captured and recaptured important swathes of territory, including Jerusalem and Syria and Egypt. This is the first English-language synthesis of diverse primary sources in the light of recent historical scholarship.
 

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Introduction
3
Armenia and Africa the formative years
21
Internal and external challenges in the first decade of the reign
60
Taking the offensive
102
Peril and hope
124
The invasion of Mesopotamia
158
Five crucial years a narrow window of opportunity
194
Tested again
231
Losing control
267
Conclusions
302
Chronological table
326
Bibliography
330
Index
348
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Walter E. Kaegi is Professor of History, The University of Chicago. He is the author of many books, including Byzantium and the Decline of Rome (1968), Byzantine Military Unrest 471-843 (1981), Army, Society and Religion in Byzantium (1982), Some Thoughts on Byzantine Military Strategy (1983), and Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests (1992, paperback 1995).

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