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Adversus Iudaeos in the Sermon Written by Theodore Syncellus on the Avar Siege of AD 626
A sermon attributed to Theodore Syncellus (Theodoros Synkellos) is considered as one of the basic sources for the study of the Avar siege of Constantinople in AD 626. Therefore, the most historians
A Conscious stratagem or garbled memory? : a few notes to the anonymous report on the Avar siege of Constantinople preserved in the Historia Syntomos of Patriarch Nikephoros
The anonymous report on the Avar siege of Constantinople in 626 preserved in the Historia Syntomos of patriarch Nikephoros from the 9th century has long been considered as a kind of supplement to the
The Eastern Roman Empire and the Avar Khaganate in the Years 622–624 AD
About 620 the Emperor Heraclius succeeded in concluding a temporary peace with the Avars and concentrating his forces exclusively on the struggle with Persia. In 622, during the first great
From History to Legend
The second part of this publication follows the process of the gradual transformation of the historical narration about the siege into a legend. There is a focus on the primary sources about the
The Interpretation of the Siege
This chapter presents a critical overview of previous historiography dealing with the Avar attack on Constantinople in 626. The chapter initially progresses chronologically in this overview from the
The Memory of the Siege
This chapter presents an overview of all the accessible sources dealing with the Avar siege of Constantinople in 626. Core information about contemporary testimonies is elaborated on in order to
Winners and Losers
This chapter describes the final moments of the Avar siege leading up to the Avars’ departure from the city along with their allies. There is some contemplation about the causes of the Avars’ failure
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