Video Lectures

Simorgh on the Sasanian rock reliefs – Part II

Author:
Matteo Compareti

In a two-part series, Matteo Compareti discusses the importance of the fabulous bird, Simorgh on the Sasanian rock reliefs.

New Perspective on “The Land of Heroes and Giants”: The Georgian Sources for Sasanian Studies

Dr. Stephen Rapp provides an important lecture on the importance of Georgian sources for understanding Sasanian history and influence in the Caucasus. Furthermore, he discusses the relationship between the Sasanians and Georgians in Late Antiquity, focusing on texts, monuments and inscriptions of the Caucasus.

“The Talmud in Ancient Iran: The Rabbies and Persian Priests in a Judicial Context.” – Part I

In a two-part series, Dr. Jason Mokhtarian discusses the importance of the Talmud for understanding Sasanian and Jewish relations in Late Antiquity. The Talmud is represented as an important source for understanding Sasanian social and legal history.

Iranshahr Among Sasanians: The Construction and Representation of an Idea and a Culture

Author:

The Sasanians were responsible for the creation of which is called Iranshahr, or the “Realm of the Iranians.” But with this realm or empire of the Iranians came a history, religion(s) and ideology. The talk will cover the way in which the idea of Iran was constructed in the Sasanian period.

“The Talmud in Ancient Iran: The Rabbies and Persian Priests in a Judicial Context.” – Part II

In a two-part series, Dr. Jason Mokhtarian discusses the importance of the Talmud for understanding Sasanian and Jewish relations in Late Antiquity. The Talmud is represented as an important source for understanding Sasanian social and legal history.

King Huvishka, Yima and the Bird: Observations on a Paradisaic State

Author:
Touraj Daryaee, University of California, Irvine

In this lecture, Touraj Daryaee discusses a rare Kushan coinage which represent Yima, the important Indo-Iranian god, whose function has been interpreted differently.

Memories of Decline of the Sasanian Empire

Author:
Khodadad Rezakhani

Dr. Khodadad Rezakhani talks about: “Memories of Decline: The Islamic Conquests of Sasanian Iran and Modern Historiography”

What were the reasons for the collapse of the Sasanian Empire? How have modern historians approached this topic in the twentieth century?