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The Last Great War of Antiquity

James Howard-Johnston


This book fills a gaping hole in the history of warfare. The conflict lasted twenty-five years (spring 603–late winter 628). It was on an unprecedented scale, ideologically charged, fought along the full length of the Persian-Roman frontier, and drawing in the great powers of the steppe world. It brought the classical phase of history to a close and ushered in a new Islamic era. There was drama aplenty, culminating in the final, forlorn counteroffensive thrusts of the Emperor Heraclius deep into Persian territory. The book describes the unfolding of events and something of the detective work r ... More

Keywords: Heraclius, Persian-Roman frontier, Middle East, morale, conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198830191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830191.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Howard-Johnston, author
Emeritus Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford