Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


or Sa·sa·ni·an  (sə-sā′nē-ən, să-) also Sas·sa·nid (sə-sä′nĭd, -săn′ĭd, săs′ə-nĭd)
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.
A member or subject of this dynasty.

[After Sassan, ancestor of Ardashir I, founder of the dynasty.]
References in periodicals archive ?
Probably the oldest existing structures in the 'shahar taq' style are the fire temples of the early Sassanian periods, especially those in Abyaneh, Amol and Nayasar in Iran.
Cyrus Parham, in his research, argued that the first manifestations of this ancient motif are in Scythian and Achaemenid art, mainly portrayed as the wings of Homa or Simurg , and which lasted in the same manner till the Sassanian period (224 - 651 A.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, one of the most characteristic and striking relics of Sassanian art is rock sculptures carved on abrupt limestone cliffs, for example, at the historical sites Bishapur, Naqsh-e Rostam, and Naqsh-e Rajab.
Additionally, the author relates Umar's method of administration of the lands to the long lasting traditions of the Byzantine and Sassanian empires with necessary modifications (p.
Kosmin's study would have benefited from more attention to the status of Zoroastrianism under the Seleucids, since that religion would become so important under the Parthian and especially Sassanian dynasties.
People of Noushabad dug up 4 flours under their town connected to their houses by a well from inside their courtyards at least 1,500 years ago in the Sassanian period (16th to 18th centuries), fearing from being invaded by some foreigners.
During 6th century CE, the Sassanian king Khosrau I erected a series of extraordinary walls at the city of Derbent, in what is today the southern Russian republic of Dagestan.
The wall carvings on the staircase of the Hall of Nations in Persepolis, the capital of Achaemenids ( 550- 330BC) and the shrine of cave no 4 at Ajanta's mural painting receiving an embassy from the Sassanian king Khusrau ll ( 596- 628) are the most beautiful evidence of age- old relations between these two cultures.
His work Shirin and Khosrow draws inspiration from the famous tragic romance of the Sassanian King Khosrow II for the Armenian princess Shirin, by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1209).
Seven English and five French essays consider the region of Greater Khorasan, with its shifting and ambiguous geographic definitions during the Sassanian and early Islamic periods at the intersection of modern Iran, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.
This monument dates back to the Sassanian period and to the time of Bahram-Gour (420-438 AD).
After years of decline chaos in the country, metalwork methods, Sassanian Persian artists were your role models and patterns.