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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

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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

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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

FEATURED BOOKS

Sasanian Rock Reliefs I

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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

<h2 class="entry-title text-right"><a href="http://sasanika.org/news/obituary-dr-richard-nelson-frye/">Obituary – Dr. Richard Nelson Frye</a></h2>
April 16, 2014

Obituary – Dr. Richard Nelson Frye

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Obituary – Dr. Richard Nelson Frye

<h2 class="entry-title text-right"><a href="http://sasanika.org/news/new-sasanian-4th-century-dish-discovered-according-agade/">New Sasanian 4th Century Dish Discovered – According to Agade</a></h2>
April 16, 2014

New Sasanian 4th Century Dish Discovered – According to Agade

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New Sasanian 4th Century Dish Discovered – According to Agade

<h2 class="entry-title "><a href="http://sasanika.org/news/ancient-golden-treasure-found-foot-temple-mount/">Ancient Golden Treasure Found at Foot of Temple Mount</a></h2>
September 27, 2013

Ancient Golden Treasure Found at Foot of Temple Mount

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Ancient Golden Treasure Found at Foot of Temple Mount

<h2 class="entry-title "><a href="http://sasanika.org/news/lecture-on-epigraphy-and-historiographical-practices-in-sasanian-iran/">Lecture On Epigraphy and  Historiographical Practices in Sasanian Iran</a></h2>
June 4, 2013

Lecture On Epigraphy and Historiographical Practices in Sasanian Iran

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Lecture On Epigraphy and Historiographical Practices in Sasanian Iran

<h2 class="entry-title text-right"><a href="http://sasanika.org/news/the-arch-of-ctesiphon-will-be-restored-by-the-iraqi-government/">The Arch of Ctesiphon will be restored by the Iraqi government!</a></h2>
June 1, 2013

The Arch of Ctesiphon will be restored by the Iraqi government!

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The Arch of Ctesiphon will be restored by the Iraqi government!

<h2 class="entry-title "><a href="http://sasanika.org/news/lecture-on-epigraphy-and-historiographical-practices-in-sasanian-iran/">Lecture On Epigraphy and  Historiographical Practices in Sasanian Iran</a></h2>
June 4, 2013

Lecture On Epigraphy and Historiographical Practices in Sasanian Iran

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Lecture On Epigraphy and Historiographical Practices in Sasanian Iran

<h2 class="entry-title "><a href="http://sasanika.org/news/seminars-on-late-antiquity-at-the-hebrew-university/">Seminars on Late Antiquity at the Hebrew University</a></h2>
May 30, 2013

Seminars on Late Antiquity at the Hebrew University

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Seminars on Late Antiquity at the Hebrew University

<h2 class="entry-title "><a href="http://sasanika.org/events/the-true-cross-in-iran-christian-symbolics-of-power-in-a-zoroastrian-empire/">The True Cross in Iran. Christian symbolics of power in a Zoroastrian empire</a></h2>
April 18, 2013

The True Cross in Iran. Christian symbolics of power in a Zoroastrian empire

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The True Cross in Iran. Christian symbolics of power in a Zoroastrian empire

<h2 class="entry-title "><a href="http://sasanika.org/events/a-workshop-with-dr-parvaneh-pourshariati/">A Workshop with Dr. Parvaneh Pourshariati</a></h2>
April 13, 2013

A Workshop with Dr. Parvaneh Pourshariati

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A Workshop with Dr. Parvaneh Pourshariati

<h2 class="entry-title text-right"><a href="http://sasanika.org/events/education-et-moeurs-a-la-cour-sassanide-pour-une-relecture-du-texte-moyen-perse/">Education et moeurs a la cour sassanide: pour une relecture du texte moyen-perse</a></h2>
March 23, 2013

Education et moeurs a la cour sassanide: pour une relecture du texte moyen-perse

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Education et moeurs a la cour sassanide: pour une relecture du texte moyen-perse