Son of Pērōz I, brother of Kawād I, Zāmāsp came to the throne in 496 as the result of a coup d’état against his brother by the nobility and the Zoroastrian clergy.
He had a short rule of 3 years until his brother who had fled to the Hephthalites, gathered an army with their help and regained his throne, forcing Zāmāsp to abdicate in his favor. During his short rule the 21st Sasanian monarch attempted to undo the changes that his brother had made with the help of Mazdak and as the result the Zoroastrian sources credit him as being a gentle and just ruler.
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- Daryaee, Touraj. Sasanian Iran: the Portrait of a Late Antique Empire, Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, 2008.