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

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

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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.


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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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  • 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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  • 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.).


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

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  • 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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  • 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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