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Posted at Dec 04/2010 03:57PM:
Harrison Stark: Heraclius (575-641) was the final Roman emperor to rule over Egypt before the Arab conquests. Weakened by a drawn-out war with the Sassanian empire, his Byzantine forces were unable to put up any real resistance to the invading Muslim armies. Supposedly having studied the Qu'ran, somewhat counter-intuitively Heraclius holds a favorable place in the Islamic literary imagination; he is discussed at length and portrayed as a wise, just, ruler.
Posted at Dec 06/2010 03:13PM:
ian: I suppose its easy to magnanimous in victory.