from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to a Persian dynasty (AD 224–651) and the last line of Persian kings before the Arab conquest. The Sassanian era was marked by wars against the Romans, Armenians, and Huns and by the revival of Zoroastrianism and Achaemenid custom.
  • noun A member or subject of this dynasty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the Sassanids.
  • noun Same as Sassanid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of or pertaining to the Sassanid Dynasty who ruled Persia during 224-651 CE.
  • adjective of or pertaining to the empire ruled by that dynasty
  • noun member of the Sassanid Dynasty


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Sassan, ancestor of Ardashir I, founder of the dynasty.]

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From Sassan (“name of the founder of the dynasty”) +‎ -ian.


  • It is not necessary to go into the history of the nine dynasties which ruled in Persia before it was conquered by the Arabs, but for our purpose it is well to remind the reader that of all these dynasties the Sassanian was the last, and Yezdeyard, as we have seen, the ultimate King of the

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  • Much of that had disappeared with the Sassanian sack.

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  • So let's review the bidding of what it takes to recreate the Cold War, the most productive partner-rival relationship of all time or at least since Roman-Sassanian cohabitation in Late Antiquity!

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  • A Sassanian helmet with a nose guard demonstrates how Romans learned from other cultures: They added a nose guard to their own helmets.

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  • The same thing happened eight hundred years later in Iran, when Yazdegerd III's Sassanian Empire in 635.

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  • The liliths are known particularly from the Aramaic incantation bowls from Sassanian and early Islamic Iraq and Iran (roughly 400 – 800 C.E.).


  • The reason I name the woman on the right as the Iranian is because the style of dress and the pattern in the material of her clothing is very similar to depictions of male Iranians I have seen that date to the mid to late Sassanian Empire.

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  • This exhibit displays more than 100 items dating from the Northern Wei Dynasty (which started in 386) to the Ming Dynasty (which ended in 1644), including pottery figures, ceramics, metal works, stone sculptures, wood carvings and some Sassanian and Byzantine coins.

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  • Under the Sassanian Empire we were one country and one people, before the Arab destruction began.

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  • In continuation of this legacy of bringing down the symbols and centers of infidel's power, pride and piety to the feet of Islam, world's second greatest power, the Sassanian Persian empire, came down crashing at the feet of Islam in 636 CE.

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