Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

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"In this book, Touraj Daryaee provides an account of Sasanian Persia. Drawing on extensive new sources he paints a portrait of Sasanian life and unravels the divergent strands that contributed to the making of this great Empire: religion - not just Zoroastrianism but also Manichaeism; the economy; administration; the multiple languages and their literature; as well as the Empire's often neglected social history. Daryaee also explores - for the first time in an integrated book on the Sasanians - their descendants' attempts for more than a century
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Overview

"In this book, Touraj Daryaee provides an account of Sasanian Persia. Drawing on extensive new sources he paints a portrait of Sasanian life and unravels the divergent strands that contributed to the making of this great Empire: religion - not just Zoroastrianism but also Manichaeism; the economy; administration; the multiple languages and their literature; as well as the Empire's often neglected social history. Daryaee also explores - for the first time in an integrated book on the Sasanians - their descendants' attempts for more than a century after their defeat to establish a second state and reveals how their values and traditions have endured, both in Iranian popular culture and in the literary tradition of the Persian language and literature, to the present day." 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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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

List of plates

Prolegomena

1 The Political History of Iran and an-Iran 1

2 The Society of Iranshahr 39

3 Religions of the Empire: Zoroastrians, Manichaeans, Jews and Christians 69

4 Languages and Textual Remains of the Citizens 99

5 The Economy and Administration of the Iranshahr 123

Notes 151

Bibliography 191

Index 217

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