By Dwip February 6, 2010, 7:47 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

“Noblest of the Gods, King and Master of the whole Earth, Son of the great Hormisdas, CHOSROES, to Heraclius his vile and insensate slave:

Refusing to submit to our rule, you call yourself lord and sovereign. You seize and distribute our treasure, you decieve our servants. You never cease to annoy us with your bands of brigands. Have I not destroyed you Greeks? You say that you trust in God; why then has he not delivered out of my hand Caesarea, Jerusalem, Alexandria? Could I not also destroy Constantinople?”

—Chosroes II, King of Kings of Persia to Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium, as quoted by John Julius Norwich

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