In this chapter, we focus on the Assyrian Church of the East in what is modern Turkey. The Assyrian Church of the East belongs to one of the oldest denominations within Christianity, as its origin traces back to the Patriarchate of Antioch, who sent missionaries there through the city of Edessa in the III century. Their reign and Church identity arose in Assyria, that is, Upper Mesopotamia and North-western Persia. All those territories were on the Roman- Parthian border and, once the territory was conquered by the Sasanian dynasty and the Roman Empire split into two political entities, those territories became the Sasanian - Byzantine eastern border.9 Such a topographical uncertainty was to shape the history and the destiny of all Assyrian communities for the time being.
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