Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

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Of profound importance in late antiquity, the Sasanian Empire is almost completely unknown today, except as a counterpoint to the Roman Empire. What are the reasons for this ignorance and why does the Sasanian Empire matter? In this brilliant and highly readable new history Touraj Daryaee fills a huge gap in our knowledge of world history. He examines the Sasanians' complex and colorful narrative and demonstrates their unique significance, not only for the development of Iranian...

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Overview

Of profound importance in late antiquity, the Sasanian Empire is almost completely unknown today, except as a counterpoint to the Roman Empire. What are the reasons for this ignorance and why does the Sasanian Empire matter? In this brilliant and highly readable new history Touraj Daryaee fills a huge gap in our knowledge of world history. He examines the Sasanians' complex and colorful narrative and demonstrates their unique significance, not only for the development of Iranian civilization but also for Roman and Islamic history.

The Sasanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynasties and are best known as the preeminent practitioners of the Zoroastrian religion. In this concise yet comprehensive new book, Touraj Daryaee provides an unrivalled account of Sasanian Persia. Drawing on extensive new sources he paints a vivid portrait of Sasanian life and unravels the divergent strands that contributed to the making of this great Empire. Sasanian Persia is a unique examination of a period of history that still has great significance for a full understanding of modern Iran.

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"Touraj Daryaee synthesizes a new generation of Sasanian scholarship to present the first single volume study of such important history - important not only for understanding Iranian, but Roman and early Islamic histories as well. The author's erudition is very impressive and he masters complex sources with exemplary clarity." – Gene Garthwaite, Professor of History and Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

"Touraj Daryaee is a well-known scholar of Sasanian history and religious texts who knows the subject well and has published widely in his field. This will be a useful publication for scholars and everyone interested in Sasanian history." – Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, Curator, The British Museum

"Touraj Daryaee's Sasanian Persia is far more detailed than all previous work on the subject, with a multitude of new materials and sources. It is a masterpiece of research and will be the last word on Sasanian Iran in all of its aspects - from political history to religion, society and commerce." – Richard N. Frye, Emeritus Professor of Iranian Studies, Harvard University

"The publication of Touraj Daryaee's book is a cause for much satisfaction. He is a leading scholar of his subject, which he tackles very successfully" – David Morgan, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780763781
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 998,696
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Touraj Daryaee is Howard Baskerville Professor in the history of Iran and the Persianate World and Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He works on the history of ancient and early medieval Iran and is the editor of the International Jourbanal of Ancient Iranian Studies.

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Table of Contents

The Political History of Eran and an-Eran
• The Society of Eranšahr
• Religions of the Empire: Zoroastrians, Manichaeans, Jews and Christians
• Languages and Textual Remains of the Citizens
• The Economy and Administration of the Eranšahr
• Bibliography

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