The military dispositions of Julian were skilfully contrived to deceive the spies and to divert the attention of sapor.
For it seems certain that the return of sapor across the Euphrates was not effected without considerable loss and difficulty.
The vast empire with which sapor had almost made up his mind to contend was partitioned out into three moderate-sized kingdoms.
It appears that sapor took offence at the tone of the communication, which was not sufficiently humble to please him.
He was succeeded by his son, Shahpuhri, or sapor, the first Sassanian prince of that name.
Mani, who had fled from sapor, ventured to return to Persia on the accession of his son, and was received with respect and favor.
Then sapor attacked their rear, and cut off their stragglers.
sapor, after a while, became convinced of the folly of his proceedings, and resolved on the adoption of a wholly new policy.
Was not that a woman's war that hemmed sapor in his capital, and seized his camp?
sapor tried at first the ordinary methods of attack; he battered the walls with his rams, and sapped them with mines.