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Byzantine Emperor Heraclius receiving the submission of the Sassanid king Khosrau II - during Simocatta's times (plaque from a cross. Champlevé enamel over gilt copper, 1160-1170, Meuse Valley). Housed at the Louvre.
Simocatta is best known as the author of a history in eight books, of the reign of the emperor Maurice (582-602), for which period he is the best and oldest authority. However, his work is of lesser stature than that of Procopius and his self-consciously classicizing style is pompous, but he is an important source of information concerning the seventh-century Slavs, the Avars and the Persians, and the emperor's tragic end. He mentions the war of Heraclius against the Persians (610-28), but not that against the Arabs (beginning 634), so it is likely that he was writing around 630. Among his sources he used the history of John of Epiphania.
^E. Gibbon, The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, The Folio Society (1997), s.v. "Simocatta".
^Angus Armitage, The World of Copernicus, pp. 75-77.
^Cf. ed. J. Ideler in Physici et medici Graeci minores, i. 1841.
^The best edition was published in 1873 by R. Hercher in Epistolographi Graeci. The letters were translated into Latin by Copernicus in 1509, reprinted in 1873 by F. Hipler in Spicilegium Copernicanum.