Within a score of years it was recovered by the emperor Heraclius, who reviewed a large army under its walls.
The stream of pilgrimage was full until the reign of Heraclius.
Suidas says that Heraclius destroyed the Persian cities and overthrew their Pyreia.
Philippicus was upon this deprived of his office, and replaced by Comentiolus, with Heraclius as second in command.
Tradition asserts that the Emperor Heraclius brought back the true Cross into the church through this entrance.
Heraclius feigned a disordered flight, and drew on him an attack from two out of the three chiefs, which he easily repelled.
Does he not realize that the hosts of Heraclius are bearing down upon us, that he leaves us sitting idly in our tents?
It seemed to Heraclius that this position might perhaps be reached, and an effective blow struck against the Persian power.
Heraclius's long and memorable reign, from 610 to 641, was characterized by much domestic infelicity.
This was in the year 628, the seventeenth of the Emperor Heraclius.