Episode 3.2 - Ardashir I

Ardashir rose from being the commander of a fortress in southern Persia to leading the Persian overthrow of the Parthian dynasty. He created the Sassanid Persian Empire, which lasted 4 centuries and greatly influenced culture in the region even to this day.


  • Ehsan Yarshater (ed.), Encyclopædia Iranica,

  • Touraj Daryaee, "Ardaxsir and the Sassanians' Rise to Power", 2010

  • The Cambridge History of Iran, Chapter 4, The Political History of Iran Under the Sasanians

  • The Cambridge Ancient History, Chapter 14, The Sassanians

  • Cassius Dio, Historia Romana

  • Siamak Adhami, "A Question of Legitimacy: The Case of Ardasir I", The Indo-Iranian Journal, 2003

  • Matthew Canepa, "Technologies of Memory in Early Sasanian Iran: Achaemenid Sites and Sasanian Identity", American Journal of Archaeology, 2010

  • Dalia Levit-Tawil, "The Sasanian Rock Relief at Darabgird - A Re-Evaluation", Journal of Near Easter Studies, 1992

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