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Sasanian Iran (224-651 CE): Portrait of a Late Antique Empire.

Series: Sasanika Series 1
Availability: In stock
Published: 2008
Page #: xxi + 138
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-169-1, ISBN 13: 978-1-56859-169-8
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The Sasanian era (224-651 CE) is an important period in the history of the Near East, the Caucuses and Central Asian history. Some of the basic institutions and ideas that developed in the ancient Near East passed to the Sasanian Iran and through the Sasanians it became the foundation of later Islamic civilization. Interestingly, the importance and contribution of Sasanian civilization to Near Eastern and Islamic history is underestimated and little attention is paid to it.

The purpose of Sasanika Series is to publish scholarly works related to Sasanian civilization in the fields of history, philology, literature, art and archaeology. This volume provides detailed survey of Sasanian political history in the context of Near Eastern history, taking into consideration its relation with Rome and surrounding world.

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Touraj Daryaee

Touraj Daryaee was born in Tehran, Iran in 1967. His elementary and secondary schooling was in Tehran, Iran and Athens, Greece. Daryaee took his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. He specializes in the history and culture of Ancient Persia. His most recent articles include: “History, Epic, and Numismatics: On the Title of Yazdgerd I (Ramšahr),” Journal of the American Numismatic Society, vol. 14, 2002(2003), pp. 89-95; “Gayomard: King of Clay or Mountain? The epithet of the First Man in the Zoroastrian Tradition,” Paitimana, Essays in Iranian, Indo-European, and Indian Studies in Honor of Hanns-Peter Schmidt, Mazda Press, 2003, pp. 339-349; “Sight, Semen, and the Brain: Ancient Persian Notions of Physiology in Old and Middle Iranian Texts,” The Journal of Indo-European Studies, vol. 30, nos. 1&2, 2002, pp. 1-26; “The Changing ‘image of the World’: Geography and Imperial Propaganda in Ancient Persia,” Electrum, Studies in Ancient History, vol. 6, 2002, pp. 99-109. His books include Šahrestaniha i Eranšahr, A Middle Persian Text on Late Antique Geography, Epic, and History, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, 2002; History & Culture of the Sasanians, Qoqnoos Press, Tehran, 2003; and Menog i Xrad: The Spirit of Wisdom, Essays in Memory of Ahmad Tafazzoli, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, 2003. He is also the editor of the Name-ye Iran-e Bastan, The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies.

Prolegomena:Ancient Iran in the context of World History

I. Iran before the Sasanians

II. Ardaxšir I and the Establishment of the Sasanian Empire

III. Šabuhr I: The Strongest World Empire in the Third Century CE

IV. Jousting for Kingship: Wahrams and Narse

V. Šabuhr II and the Sasanian Rulers in the Fourth Century CE

VI. Yazdgerd the Prince of Peace and the Fabled Kings in the fifth century

VII. Kawad I and Xusro I: Revolution and Renovation in the Sixth Century CE

VIII. From Xusro II to Yazdgerd III: The Pinnacle and Fall of the Sasanian Empire

IX. Genealogy

Bibliography

Index

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