Original Articles

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

Author:
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 aim of controlling the land and maritime trade networks that connected Iran with the Mediterranean world, Central Asia, China, India, and the Arabian Peninsula.

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