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Samarra
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(Sāmarrā; Theophanes Continuatus 3,36: Σάμαρα/Sámara). Area of ruins of c. 60 km2 and modern town on the left bank of the Tigris, 100 km north of Baghdad (cf. map). At this site, known since the neo-Assyrian Period (Mesopotamia III D), the emperor Julian [11] the Apostate fell in AD 363 in battle against the Sassanids. It was in this area, mainly inhabited by Nestorians (Nestorius), that the Nahrawān canal, dug in the time of Chosroes [5] Anushirvan (period of rule 531-579) began, which became of vital importance to the Sassanid economy of the area of…

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Leisten, Thomas (Princeton), “Samarra”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1100110>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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