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, English edition by Christine Salazar (2010). Original German-language edition: Historischer Atlas der antiken Welt. Herausgegeben von Anne-Maria Wittke,Eckhart Olshausen und Richard Szydlak. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 3. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2007). Consulted online on 22 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps3_BNPA216>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241



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