The Emperor Maurice and His Historian: Theophylact Simocatta on Persian and Balkan Warfare (Oxford Historical Monographs)

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The History of Theophylact Simocatta, the last historian of classical antiquity, is recognized to be the primary source for information about the reign of the emperor Maurice (582-602). Yet the idiosyncracies of Theophylact's style have often deterred serious analysis of this important period. Through close examination of Theophylact's narrative and collation with other evidence, this study sorts through the obscurities, biases, and errors to reveal more fully than ever before the interplay of personalities and events under Maurice. In the process, Whitby highlights the importance of the History as a work worthy of study in its own right, an example of the development of Greek historiography under the influence of Christianity, and a product of the last flowering of classical Greek literature in antiquity.

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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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"The author has written an important, useful, and well-researched study of aspects of the reign of the Byzantine emperor Maurice (582-602) in the light of the history of the seventh-century historian Theophylact Simocatta....His monograph deserves the gratitude of us all, and it will be the object of consultation for a long time."--Speculum


"Meticulously researched and highly readable....Undoubtably, Whitby's book lights a way for future scholars to study the last decades of the classical world. His generally solid source and chronological groundwork will form the foundation of any discussion of the literary evidence for Maurice's reign."--American Historical Review


"W. has crafted a fine book....There is little doubt that it will stand as the definitive account of the period and of Theophylact for many years to come."--The Ancient History Bulletin


"A substantial contribution both to our knowledge of a dark period and to our understanding of how the last Greek historian working in the classical tradition set about his task....To the student of late antiquity his book will be a mind of information and ideas, and a model of method."--Times Literary Supplement


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