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The Two sources of Movses Dasxuranc’I on Heraclius’ campaign

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The description of Heraclius' campaign against Persia and the invasion of Transcaucasia by his northern allies comprises seven chapters of the History of Albania. This vivid and often intimately informed narration of events was obviously produced long before the late-tenth-century compilation of the History which most scholars attribute to Movses Dasxuranc'I. The section on Heraclius consists of two sources which are neither mixed up nor interwoven but crudely pasted together. The first source comprises ch. 9-11; chs. 12-16 come from Source B. The dividing line between two sources is very apparent: the History abruptly drops the description of events of Khusro's 38th year at the end of ch. 11 and switches, in ch. 12, back to the year 36. The two sources are also very different in nature. The difference in quality between the two sources becomes more apparent once we recognize that they basically tell the same story.

Keywords: Heraclius' campaign; History of Albania; Movses Dasxuranc'I; Persia; Shah Khusro II; Transcaucasia



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