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

Michael Alram, Austrian Academy of Sciences - Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna


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


Samarkand the Center of the World

Matteo Compareti

Compareti 2016

Compareti, Matteo. 2016. Samarkand the center of the world: proposals for the identification of the Afrasyab paintings. (Sasanika Series 5). Costa Mesa, California: Mazda Publishers. In antiquity Samarkand was the capital of the Persian province of Sogdiana. Its language, culture, and “Zoroastrian” religion closely approximated those of the Persians. Following its conquest by Alexander, its … READ MORE