SIL K S OF SASANIAN P E RSIA Heleanor Feltham – TAASA Review September 2010

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T he Sasanian Empire (224-654 CE) was founded by Ardeshir I, who claimed descent from the old Achaemenid rulers of Persia.

With popular support, he spearheaded a movement to restore Persian rule after several centuries of first Seleucid Greek and then Parthian rule.

Under Ardeshir and his successor, Shapur I, the Sasanian empire expanded to include most of Central Asia and areas of North India. While the Gandhara style was developing under the Kushan rulers of Central Asia, Christianity was evolving in the divided Roman Empire and Buddhism was establishing itself in the equally divided empire of China – Sasanian Persia became the most entrepreneurial and politically significant power within Eurasia...