Welcome to SASANIKA

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.

Featured Articles

The Cultural Impact of Sasanian Persia along the Silk Road – Aspects of Continuity

Michael Alram, Austrian Academy of Sciences - Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

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The paper focuses on the Sasanian Empire’s impact on its surrounding world and explores the question of why its cultural achievements had such a long-lasting influence far beyond the borders of the Iranian lands, even after the decline of the dynasty. This relates to the role of the Sasanians in international trade and their political … READ MORE

FEATURED BOOKS

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