The Sassanid Empire (AD 224–651)
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I. Political developments

1. The relationship with Rome

The homeland of the Sassanids, who were named after their dynastic founder Sāsān (Sassan), was the territory of Pārsa (Greek Persis) north of the Persian Gulf, more precisely, the city of Staḫr. The connection between Sāsān and Papak, the father of the kingdom’s founder, Ardashir I, is unclear. The…

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Olshausen, E., “The Sassanid Empire (AD 224–651)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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