Trajan's Parthian War and the Fourth-Century Perspective

  title={Trajan's Parthian War and the Fourth-Century Perspective},
  author={Christopher Sherwin Lightfoot},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={115 - 126}
  • C. Lightfoot
  • Published 1 November 1990
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
No contemporary account of Trajan's Parthian War survives, nor were any monuments set up to commemorate his exploits in the East in the same way that Trajan's Column in Rome and the trophy at Tropaeum Traiani (Adamclisi) do his Dacian Wars. We rely almost entirely on the excerpts of Dio Cassius' History preserved by Xiphilinus, together with a few fragments of Arrian's Parthica, in order to reconstruct the causes, objectives and strategy of the war. Because of the scant nature of the sources… 

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