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date: 25 August 2019

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Rock reliefs represent one of the most sophisticated and informative art forms of the Sasanian period. This chapter presents an overview of the material, discussing the most common themes attested (e.g., investiture, triumph), the iconography employed, and the kings who commissioned the reliefs. The contested attribution of certain reliefs, due to uncertainty over the particular crown shown or other relevant details, is treated. The relationship of particular reliefs to Sasanian political history, particularly in relation to Rome, is highlighted.

Keywords: Sasanians, rock reliefs, Rome, iconography, investiture

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