Friday, February 21, 2003

The Significance of the Battle of Carrhae

In Dr. Fears lecture on Crassus, he expressed his opinion that the battle of Carrhae was one of the most important Roman defeats of all time because it essentially resulted in the demarcation point between what would become the Islamic east and the Christian west. I found this very good article about "Romes Persian Mirage":

I also found it very interesting that Dr. Fears said the 10,000 Roman prisoners taken by the Parthians were trained to create mosaics that survive to this day. It seems almost ironic that men who wrought death and destruction would leave a legacy of art and beauty.