Arsacids and Sasanians: Political Ideology in Post-Hellenistic and Late Antique Persia

Arsacids and Sasanians: Political Ideology in Post-Hellenistic and Late Antique Persia


By (author) M. Rahim Shayegan


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  • Format: Hardback | 570 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 228mm x 36mm | 1,039g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521766419
  • ISBN 13: 9780521766418
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 16 b/w illus. 4 maps 12 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,065,153

Product description

Sasanian Persia, which succeeded the Parthians, was one of the great powers of late antiquity and the most significant power in the Near East, together with the Roman Empire. This book undertakes a thorough investigation of the diverse range of written, numismatic, and archaeological sources in order to reassess Sasanian political ideology and its sources and influences in the ideologies of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, Babylonian scholarship and prophecy, and Hellenistic Greek thought. It sheds fresh light on the political complexities of early Arsacid and Sasanian history, especially the situation in Babylon and Elymais, and on the Roman propaganda which penetrated, shaped, and determined Roman attitudes towards Sasanian Persia.

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Author information

M. Rahim Shayegan is Assistant Professor of Iranian at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published on ancient Iranian history and philology, and is co-editor, with Carol Bakhos, of The Talmud in Its Iranian Context (2010).

Table of contents

Introduction; Preamble: Achaemenids and Sasanians; 1. Sasanian epigraphy; 2. Classical sources: Dio, Herodian, Ammianus Marcellinus; 3. Arsacids and Sasanians; 4. Imitatio veternae Helladis and imitatio Alexandri in Rome; Conclusions; Epilogue; Appendices.