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В этой книге изложена подробная история взаимоотношений между Римской империей и её соседом и врагом – Персией, от I в. до н.э до III в. н.э. Автор, используя инновационный метод в рассмотрении региональных отношений, предоставляет большое количество тонких интерпретаций политической ситуации на римском Ближнем Востоке, чтобы продемонстрировать, как Рим утвердился на среднем Евфрате, в Месопотамии и Пальмире, а также усилия Империи по сохранению власти над этими областями.Образцы сканов:

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Lucian, a contemporary from Samosata, just upstream from where a majority of the fighting took place, complained of the limited knowledge of the war against the Parthians under Verus. 105 Thanks to Lucian and Fronto, however, there is enough evidence to show that a major war with the Parthians had exposed the vulnerability of Antioch to attacks directed from the Euphrates where it turned to the north above Sura. The Parthian concentration of troops on this section of the river may have occurred due to the considerable Roman fortification that had taken place further up the river from Zeugma during and after the reign of Vespasian.

While the extent and nature of the Roman military presence in Mesopotamia before the reign of Septimius Severus is not entirely clear, Roman control of the middle Euphrates and the lower Khabur came to play an important role in strengthening and supporting Roman power in Mesopotamia in the third century AD. The Khabur was also the means by which Mesopotamia and Syria were connected, and this becomes more evident following the formation of the Roman province of Mesopotamia under Septimius Severus.

65 BC –c. 1 On a number of occasions over the next 130 years meetings between senior Roman officials or members of the Imperial family and Parthian representatives were held on the Euphrates, confirming its status during this time as a boundary. During this time, however, there is no evidence for Roman fortifications within the vicinity of the Euphrates, and the river was crossed on many occasions by both Roman and Parthian forces. The Euphrates appears to have played the role of a symbolic boundary between Roman and Parthian interests up to the early Flavian period.

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