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 Coins of 3rd Century Sasanian Iran and the Formation of Historical Criteria

Rika Gyselen, C.N.R.S. France

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This paper aims to show how a numismatist can isolate a coin type that provides evidence about a particular political situation, whose real nature has to be discovered by the historian. We show first how, from a corpus of more or less representative coinage (A), the numismatic scholar can identify a series of coinage (B). … READ MORE

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Wrestling with the Demons of the Pahlavi Widevdad

Mahnaz Moazami

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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