The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars (AD 226-363): A Documentary History

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Rome and Shapur II

The early wars of Constantius II (337-350)

7.1.1. Hannibalianus, the king of Pontus and neighbouring regions, was murdered by soldiers loyal to Constantius in a palace coup (337)

Julian, epistula ad Athenienses 270C (3.5-8, p. 215, Bidez): Six of my (i.e. Julian’s) cousins and his, and my father who was his own uncle and also another uncle of both of us on the father’s side (i.e. Dalmatius Caesar) he put to death without a trial 1

(Wright, ii, p. 249)

Zosimus II, 40, 3: Then, in order to proceed against his relatives, he (Constantius) killed Hannibalianus and commanded his soldiers to cry aloud that they had no other commanders than the sons of Constantine.

(Anon., revised Lieu)


7.1.2. Unrest in Armenia as a consequence of the murder of Hannibalianus (?)

Julian, or. I, 18D-19A (14.16-22, pp. 31-2, Bidez): The Armenians, our ancient allies, revolted, and no small part of them went over to the Persians and overran and raided the country on their borders. 2 In this crisis there seemed to be but one hope of safety, that you (i.e. Constantius) should take charge of affairs and plan the campaign, but at the moment this was impossible, because you were in Paeonia (i.e. Pannonia) making treaties with your brothers… 3

(Wright, i, pp. 47-9)


7.1.3. The first siege of Nisibis (337 or 338)

Jerome, Chronicon, s. a. 338, p. 234, 17-18: Shapur, king of the

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