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Old February 13th, 2017, 07:28 AM   #1

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Roman Sassanid war: War of the three gods or witnesses of a world in crisis


I finally decided to delve into the Roman Sassanid wars and relation a little more with books like Rise and fall of the Sassanid empire and Rome and Persia, neighbors and rivals.

But the period i'm most interested in is their final war and subsequent eclipse by the Arabs and Islam. Two books about this subject have been recommended to me, Witnesses of a world in crisis and war of the three gods. Both are quite pricey.

Which of the two books would you recommend on the basis of quality and my interest which fall much more with the Romans and Sassanids than the Arabs.
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Three Gods - found it on Amazon for under $11 shipped (used).

It looks super interesting.
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War of 3 Gods - $15 on amazon kindle. GREAT book
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These are not the same sort of book. Witnesses to a World Crisis is an excellent volume, but most of its bulk is made up of a study of the sources which describe the conflicts in the seventh century. It is an academic book, and while Howard-Johnston provides a narrative account at the end, this is probably not what you're looking for. That said, I can't really recommend The War of Three Gods since it's just another middling retelling of the story, although not as bad as Reagan's First Crusader: Byzantium's Holy Wars, which largely deals with the same topic. Still, I think you're better off reading Witnesses to a World Crisis: Howard-Johnston has a more nuanced approach to the wars and is less focused on battle (which I'm not convinced was terribly important during these campaigns) than Crawford.
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