Author Archives: Arash Zeini
3. The return of the Avesta It has been argued that the adoption of the Zoroastrian religious world view by the Sasanians was instrumental in maintaining the nobility’s loyalty to the goals of the empire. Most arguments in favour of … Continue reading
2. The Sasanian Empire and religious authority: The case of Zoroastrianism As one of the major political and economic powers in the region, the Sasanian Empire (224–651 CE) elevated Zoroastrianism to the dominant religious and cultural force within its polity, … Continue reading
1. Mythical kings, empire and multiculturalism: The case of the Achaemenids The Achaemenids (550–330 BCE) ruled over a vast and multicultural empire, encompassing numerous indigenous and conquered traditions. How did these various groups co-exist in the administration of the empire … Continue reading
This site has been restructured to serve as a communication platform covering all activities related to the project of ‘Kingship in Ancient Iran’. The programme of the workshop is available here.
An interdisciplinary workshop 12–13 June 2014, University of St Andrews This interdisciplinary workshop seeks to investigate and re-examine intersections between religious ideology and sovereignty in pre-Islamic Iran. Its ultimate aim will be to offer invited experts from a wide range … Continue reading