Battle of Dara, 530 AD (Part 2/2) ⚔️ Belisarius’ Tactical Master Class


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Battle of Dara, Part 1 –
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📢 Narrated by David McCallion

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📝 Sources
Encyclopaedia Iranica
Daryaee, T. Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. I.B. Tauris, 2013.
Farrokh, K. Shadows in the Desert. Osprey Publishing, 2007.
Katouzian, H. The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval, and Modern Iran. Yale University Press, 2010.

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  1. Could have done a had a one day union somehow through marriage basically would have been Macedonian empire v2 and could’ve taken the western provinces back and liberated the Latins of Italia and Rome itself and basically would be the Roman empire + Persia

    But nah, both decline, Muslims expand and RIP Ērānshahr (Sasanian empire) and roman civilization in north africa (arabization)

  2. In the novel Count Belisarius, on hearing the news that a Persian army 40,000 strong was approaching he said;

    "We need not worry, few generals indeed could command 40,000 soldiers effectively.

    On hearing it was reinforced to 50,000.

    "Fewer still could command 50,000. Their size will prove an embarrassment in the end"

  3. laying down this badass quote attributed to Belisarius in the histories when questioned by his friends how he constantly won battles while being heavily outnumbered he replied;

    "For it is not by number of soldiers nor by strength of body, but by valor of spirit that wars are to be decided"

    we have a modern version of this;

    "it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."

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