The Zoroastrian Priesthood Elevated by Sassanid State

The Zoroastrian priesthood had endured rule by Parthians, and they had suffered from a prevalence of religions that were not Persian in origin.┬áThe founder of the Sassanid dynasty, Ardashir, took power in 224 CE, and his rule pleased the Zoroastrian priesthood. Ardashir allied himself with Zorastrianism. He announced that religion and kingship were brothers and… Continue reading The Zoroastrian Priesthood Elevated by Sassanid State

Nowruz Persian New Year

Persepolis all nations staircase. People from across Persia bring Nowruz gifts for the king. Nowruz is the traditional Iranian festival of spring which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, commencing the start of the spring. It is considered as the start of the New Year among Iranians. The name comes from Avestan… Continue reading Nowruz Persian New Year

The Sassanid Emperor Khosru and Recovery

In 531, four years after Justinian had come to power at Constantinople, Khosru I, of the Sassanid dynasty, took power in Persia – at the close of decades of unrest and a Communist revolution in Persia. It was Khosru and his father Khavad I who crushed the communistic Mazdakite movement. Its leader, Mazdak, met a… Continue reading The Sassanid Emperor Khosru and Recovery

Ancient Iran : The Sassanid

Bahram II and Narseh The Persian Emperor Bahram died the same year as Mani — in 276 — and was succeeded by his son, Bahram II. The priest Kartir remained a dominant figure under Bahram II. The persecution of Manichaeans (Manicheans) continued and included the persecution of Christians, Jews and Buddhists. Then, sometime during the… Continue reading Ancient Iran : The Sassanid

Manichaeism : The Prophet Mani

Manichaeism, a Universalist Faith An artist’s concept of Mani the Prophet from Wikimedia Commons The Prophet Mani Persia was between India and the Roman Empire, and the Silk Road ran through it, making Persia a crossroad of ideas. It had Jews who had had fled from their homeland. After the Jews came Christians. Buddhist ideas… Continue reading Manichaeism : The Prophet Mani

Ardashir Conquers and the Persians, to CE 241

Ardashir Conquers During the war between Marcus Aurelius and the Parthians (the years 162-66) the Great Pestilence not only devastated the Romans, it threw the economy of the Parthian Empire into decline. While the Roman Empire was busy with German intrusions, plague and a rapid turnover in emperors, the Parthian Empire disintegrated. The Parthians no… Continue reading Ardashir Conquers and the Persians, to CE 241