The rise of the Saracen – The Roman Empire loses Syria, Palestine and Egypt to the Arabs

After the peace of 628 the Roman and the Persian Empires, drained of men and money, and ravaged from end to end by each others marauding armies, sank down in exhaustion to heal them of their deadly wounds. Continue reading “The rise of the Saracen – The Roman Empire loses Syria, Palestine and Egypt to the Arabs”

The 7th century AD and its quickening pace of change in the Roman East

Emperor Maurice’s self-sworn avenger Heraclius had overthrown Phocas in 610, and assumed responsibility as emperor for the defense of the empire and the faith, and the
expulsion of the Persians. Although the Persians had overrun Syria and Palestine and threatened to occupy all of Asia Minor and even approached Constantinople, it was Heraclius who, after reconstituting his armies, had brought the war to the heart of the Sassanian Empire in early 628. The overthrow and death of Chosroes ensued. Continue reading “The 7th century AD and its quickening pace of change in the Roman East”

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