David Frendo, Cassius Dio and Herodian on the First Sasanian Offensive against the Eastern Provinces of the Roman Empire (229–232)



The present article subjects the relevant source material to a much more detailed analysis than has so far been attempted.  In the light of the better understanding that results from this analysis, two diametrically opposed but frequently canvassed interpretations of Sasanian territorial aspirations are examined critically and are both found to be unsatisfactory. The article concludes by offering a new approach, which seeks to dispense with the unwarranted assumptions on which previous interpretations have been based and to re-examine the entire question within a more appropriate historical context and from a different perspective.

 




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