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Khosrau II  and the end of the Sassanian Empire

By | 2018-03-21T16:04:03+00:00 March 21st, 2018|History|

Khosrau II King Khosrau II, of the Sassanian Empire, on a gold coin (600s AD) Khosrau II was only twenty years old when he became king in 590 AD. Probably the powerful Sassanian families - particularly his mother's brothers  - thought he would be easier to push around than his father had been. [...]

Who were the Mazdakites? Sassanian reformers

By | 2018-03-20T23:18:24+00:00 March 20th, 2018|History|

A later illustration from the Shahnameh of the execution of the prophet Mazdak The Sassanians in decline In 500 AD, in the early Middle Ages, the Sassanian empire in Iraq and Iran was falling apart, just like the Roman Empire further west. King Kavadh had almost no power. Province after province was declaring independence. [...]

Sassanian kings and queens in the 400s AD

By | 2018-03-21T18:21:55+00:00 March 19th, 2018|History|

Yazdegerd Yazdegerd I, the Sassanian king When the Sassanian king Bahram IV was killed in 399 AD, his brother Yazdegerd took control of the Sassanian empire. Yazdegerd maintained peace with the Roman Empire under Empress Pulcheria, not attacking the Romans even though they had been weakened by Vandal, Visigothic and Ostrogothic invasions. He didn't attack [...]

Parthian kings and queens

By | 2018-03-18T21:28:15+00:00 March 16th, 2018|History|

The first of the Parthian kings: Arsaces I Arsaces and Tiridates Arsaces I was the governor of Parthia (now northern Iran) in the Hellenistic Greek empire of Seleucia. About 250 BC, Arsaces revolted against Seleucus and started the Parthian Empire. Like the Persians before him, Arsaces followed the Zoroastrian faith. About four years [...]

Moretum – a Roman food to spread on crackers

By | 2018-03-11T23:22:14+00:00 March 11th, 2018|History|

Moretum was a common Roman recipe and it's easy to make at home. Making the cheese You can start by buying ricotta, but you can also make your own ricotta. Pour about half a gallon of milk into a saucepan. Heat until it's almost boiling, and while you're waiting mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with [...]