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He Did Not Fear


Xusro Parviz, King of Kings of the Sasanian Empire


He Did Not Fear: Xusro Parviz, King of Kings of the Sasanian Empire spotlights Xusro II, the man who almost conquered the Roman Empire in the Roman-Sasanian War of the Seventh Century CE, and examines his historical prominence.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-3927-5
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 25,2019
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 283
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3927-5
$95.00

He Did Not Fear: Xusro Parviz, King of Kings of the Sasanian Empire spotlights Xusro II, the man who almost conquered the Roman Empire in the Roman-Sasanian War of the Seventh Century CE, and examines his historical prominence. This book explores Xusro II who, as a man, was as complex, deep, and complicated as any other historical figure, and compliments Walter Kaegi’s biography of the Roman emperor Heraclius, Xusro II’s contemporary and nemesis. This monograph fully examines the rich cultural and religious landscape of Late Antiquity by analyzing primary sources from the Roman Empire, Zoroastrian tradition, Eastern Christianity, Armenia, Arab Muslim historians, and Persian Muslims, who were trying to find and hold onto their identity in a changing world. He Did Not Fear: Xusro Parviz, King of Kings of the Sasanian Empire fills a missing gap in our knowledge by studying a man who represents a crossroads in Late Antiquity where Persia, the Christian East, the Roman Empire, and Islam all met.

He Did Not Fear: Xusro Parviz, King of Kings of the Sasanian Empire spotlights Xusro II, the man who almost conquered the Roman Empire in the Roman-Sasanian War of the Seventh Century CE, and examines his historical prominence. This book explores Xusro II who, as a man, was as complex, deep, and complicated as any other historical figure, and compliments Walter Kaegi’s biography of the Roman emperor Heraclius, Xusro II’s contemporary and nemesis. This monograph fully examines the rich cultural and religious landscape of Late Antiquity by analyzing primary sources from the Roman Empire, Zoroastrian tradition, Eastern Christianity, Armenia, Arab Muslim historians, and Persian Muslims, who were trying to find and hold onto their identity in a changing world. He Did Not Fear: Xusro Parviz, King of Kings of the Sasanian Empire fills a missing gap in our knowledge by studying a man who represents a crossroads in Late Antiquity where Persia, the Christian East, the Roman Empire, and Islam all met.

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Contributor Biography

Keenan Baca-Winters

Keenan Baca-Winters specialises in Pesian history and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Irvine, in 2015.

Table of Contents (v) 
Introduction (1) 
   Historiography (10) 
   He Did Not Fear (24) 
   A Quick Guide to Pronunciation (30)
Chapter 1. Fear in a Handful of Dust: Roman Emotional Reaction to Xusrō II (31)
Chapter 2. Pseudo-Sebēos and Xusrō II: An Armenian Seizes His Identity in a Perso-Romano World (65)
Chapter 3. Xusrō II and the Church of the East in Ērānšahr (103)
Chapter 4. War in the Heart of Nature: Fear and Despair of the Subjects of Ērānšahr (141)
Chapter 5. A Dream Deferred: Xusrō II in Ferdowsī’s Shahnameh and Al-Ṭabarī’s History (153)
Chapter 6. She was as Beautiful as the Moon: Xusrō Parvīz, Šērīn, and the Elites of Sasanian Iran (191)
Conclusion. Xusrō, We Hardly Knew Ye (223)
Bibliography (241) 
   Primary Sources (241)
   Secondary Scholarship (248)
Index (269)

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