The Memory of the Siege

  title={The Memory of the Siege},
  author={Mart{\'i}n Hurbanic},
  journal={The Avar Siege of Constantinople in 626},
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 process their partial motifs in the later parts of this book. The rest of the sources are ordered according to their provenience and genre. After presenting the contemporary accounts of the siege, the chapter then focuses on Byzantine narrative and liturgical and hagiographical sources before dwelling… 



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