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date: 21 August 2019

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This chapter reviews the religious and mythical allusions embodied in the royal titulature of the Arsacids and Sasanians. The evolution of Sasanian royal ideology and its relationship to that of Rome are surveyed. The influence of Iranian mytho-epic traditions on Sasanian political ideology is discussed against the backdrop of Iran’s military history. The historicity of the Mazdakite revolution and late Sasanian Iran’s confrontation with Byzantium is assessed.

Keywords: titulature, Arsacids, Sasanians, Mazdakite revolution, Byzantium, ideology

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