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Heraclius is early Byzantium

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Heraclius is early Byzantium's tragic hero, and his reign can be divided into two parts, the first  lasting until 628. He was occupied incessantly with the Persians and Avars. Until 620, the  situation appeared hopeless. The Avars were disbursed throughout the Balkans, where their Slav  partners began to remain during the winters. From the East, the Persians made repeated  advances. The Persian general Shahr-Baraz took Antioch and Damascus in 613, moving to  Jerusalem by 614, plundering it, destroying the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and carrying off  the True Cross. Having Occupied Armenia already, in 619, Persians extended as far as Egypt,  cutting off food supplies to Constantinople, causing famine and disease in Byzantium, which was  now reduced to the capital and small parts of Asia Minor and the lower Balkans. By 620,  Heraclius was preparing to flee to Carthage, when the Patriarch Sergius implored him to stay, 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • Persians, Heraclius, Persian general Shahr­Baraz, all­powerful military ruler, Western Anatolia. Divided

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