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One of the most remarkable empires of the first millennium CE was that of the Sasanian Empire. Emanating from southern Iran's Persis region in the third century CE, the Sasanian domain eventually encompassed not only modern day Iran and Iraq, but also the greater part of Central Asia, the Caucasus, including at times the regions corresponding to present-day Syria, Turkey, and Egypt. This geographically diverse empire brought together a striking array of ethnicities and religious practices. Arameans, Arabs, Armenians, Persians, Romans, and Goths, as well as a host of other peoples, all lived and labored under Sasanian rule. The Sasanians established a relatively tolerant imperial system, creating a vibrant communal life among their Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian citizens.

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New Perspectives on “The Land of Heroes and Giants”: The Georgian Sources for Sasanian History

Stephen Rapp, Sam Houston State University


At the twilight of his illustrious reign, Vaxtang Gorgasali (r. 447-522) led his troops into battle one last time. His K‛art‛velians of eastern Georgia triumphed against the formidable Sasanian adversary, but in the course of fighting the aging hero-king was mortally wounded. With Roman and Sasanian soldiers locked in brutal combat on the edge of … READ MORE


Sasanian Rock Reliefs I

Milad Vandaee

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This book is a survey of all of the known Sasanian rock reliefs in the Persian language. The author has personally traveled and photographed the reliefs and has captured details, comparing them to the previous sketches and pictures. Vandaee also places into context the tradition of rock reliefs and the use of image as propaganda … READ MORE