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. The 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

Achaemenid Army

By: Professor A. Sh. Shahbazi These life sized “Immortal Guard” in richly ornamental robes wear the twisted headband typical of native Iranians from Susa. The Achaemenian/Achaemenid Army is well known through descriptions by Herodotus, Xenophon, and Arrian as well as by illustrations on Persepolitan and Greco-Persian monuments. Of particular importance for the topic are the… Continue reading Achaemenid Army

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