The first modern account of the conflict between the eastern Roman Empire and the Sasanian kingdom. Greatrex traces the background to the war, investigating relations between Rome and Persia, the state of Roman defences in the East, and the chaotic situation in Persia at the end of the 5th century. He then examines the sources and the war itself, including the development of Roman defences, and the attempts by both powers to secure control of the Transcaucasian kingdoms.
Geoffrey Greatrex did his undergraduate degree in Classics, and then his doctorate, at Exeter College, Oxford. In Britain, he taught part-time at Oxford Brookes University and at the University of Warwick and held research fellowships at the Open University and Cardiff University. Having returned to Canada in 1998, he taught initially at Dalhousie University and then, since 2001, at the University of Ottawa, where he is now full professor. He has published extensively on the reign of Justinian and the eastern Roman frontier in Late Antiquity. He is currently engaged on a SSHRC-funded project to produce a commentary on Procopius' Persian Wars.