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

Talmud and the Sasanian: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran

Shervin Farridnejad

Mokhtarian 2015

Mokhtarian, Jason Sion. 2015. Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran. Berkeley. University of California Press. Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests examines the impact of the Persian Sasanian context on the Babylonian Talmud, perhaps the most important corpus in the Jewish sacred canon. What impact did the Persian Zoroastrian … READ MORE

Zoroastrians and Christians in the Late Antique Sasanian Period

Shervin Farridnejad

Gignoux 2014

Zoroastrians and Christians in the Late Antique Sasanian Period Gignoux, Philippe. 2014. Mazdéens et chrétiens en terre d’Iran à l’époque sassanide. (ed.) Matteo De Chiara & Enrico G. Raffaelli. (Serie orientale Roma 3). Roma: Scienze e Lettere. The volume edited by M.D. Chiara and E.G. Raffaelli brings together forty-two articles by Philippe Gignoux on Zoroastrianism … READ MORE

Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity

Shervin Farridnejad

Payne 2015

Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity Payne, Richard E. A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity. Transformation of the Classical Heritage, LVI. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015. Christian communities flourished during late antiquity in a Zoroastrian political system, as the Iranian Empire integrated culturally … READ MORE