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Encyclopedia > Theophylact Simocatta

Theophylact Simocatta (Theophylaktos Simokates, also Simokattes) was an early 7th century Byzantine historiographer, arguably ranking as the last historian of Antiquity. // Overview Events The Roman-Persian Wars end. ... The Byzantine Empire is the term conventionally used to describe the Roman Empire during the Middle Ages, centered at its capital in Constantinople. ... Late Antiquity is a rough periodization (c. ...

His work is of lesser stature than that of Procopius, but he is an important source of information concerning the 7th century Slavs and Persians. Procopius (in Greek Προκόπιος, c. ... The Slavic peoples are the most numerous ethnic and linguistic body of peoples in Europe. ... The Persians of Iran (officially named Persia by West until 1935 while still referred to as Persia by some) are an Iranian people who speak Persian (locally named Fârsi by native speakers) and often refer to themselves as ethnic Iranians as well. ...

He mentions the war of Heraclius against the Persians (602-628), but not against the Arabs (beginning 634), so that it is likely that he was writing around 630. Heraclius and his sons Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas. ... Events Muhammad captures Mecca (January). ...


  • Michael and Mary Whitby (trans.), The History of Theophylact Simocatta : An English Translation with Introduction, Oxford University Press, (1986), ISBN 019822799X



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