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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.

Featured Articles

New Perspectives on “The Land of Heroes and Giants”: The Georgian Sources for Sasanian History

Stephen Rapp, Sam Houston State University


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


Wrestling with the Demons of the Pahlavi Widevdad

Mahnaz Moazami


The Pahlavi Widevdad (Videvdad), The Law (Serving to Keep) Demons Away, a fifth-century Middle Persian commentary on the Avestan Videvdad, describes rules and regulations that serve to prevent pollution caused by dead matter, menstrual discharges, and other agents. It recognizes the perpetual presence of the demons, the forces of the Evil Spirit –forces that should be … READ MORE