Roman frontiers and foreign policy in the East

Geoffrey Greatrex

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In the late 560s a Turkish embassy arrived in Constantinople at the court of Justin II. The Turks had just broken off relations with the Persians and were eager to enter into an alliance with the Romans. The emperor, having read through the letter from the Turkish ruler Sizabul brought by the embassy, proceeded to ask questions of the legation. He asked to know more about the Hephthalites, the powerful nation which the Turks claimed to have just conquered, and about the Avars, who had recently revolted from Turkish overlordship. Upon receiving their replies, Justin concluded an alliance with the Turks. It was a fateful development, for, buoyed up by this alliance, Justin soon reopened hostilities with Persia, ushering in a conflict which would last twenty years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAspects of the Roman East
Subtitle of host publicationpapers in honour of Professor Fergus Millar FBA
EditorsRichard Alston, Sam Lieu
Place of PublicationTurnhout
Number of pages71
ISBN (Print)2503526256
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameStudia antiqua australiensia

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