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Some Notes on the Backchannel Communications of the Prefect Musonianus with the Persians

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Studies of the Persian policy of Constantius II in the last years of his reign have looked at an interesting episode in the communications of Strategius Musonianus, Constantius' praetorian prefect of the East, with Tamshapur, a key satrap of Shapur II. The historian Ammianus Marcellinus does not explicitly tell us that Constantius approved of Musonianus' activities, and so some scholars have assumed that the prefect acted independently. However, a reappraisal of Ammianus' text supports the alternative view that Musonianus actually acted with Constantius' full knowledge and approval.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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