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Messianic Persia and the Fourth Beast: from Warfare to End Times in Late Antiquity

Lecture by Dr. Yuri Stoyanov, School of Oriental and African Studies

The lecture will explore the far-reaching effect of the last great war of antiquity on the growing end times expectations and agitation in the contemporary Near East and Levant. In this long collision between Sasanian Persia and the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire during the early 7th century, the dramatic defining role of end time adversary attributed to the Sasanians in the messianic and apocalyptic scenarios of the period enjoyed a lasting after-life, which, along with their impact on later European Christian images and perceptions of pre-Islamic Persia, will be charted and illustrated in the lecture.


Dr Yuri Stoyanov | talks


Date and Time:

11 March 2010 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way
0207 388 4539

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