Silver plate (partially gilded) with the Sasanian king hunting wild boar. 4th century CE. Hermitage Museum

Silver plate (partially gilded) with the Sasanian king hunting wild boar. 4th century CE. Hermitage Museum

Dish: Sassanian Iran. The Sassanian Empire or Sassanid Persian Empire also spelled Sasanid or Sasanian), known to its inhabitants as Ērānshahr and Ērān in Middle Persian and resulting in the New Persian terms Iranshahr and Iran, was the last pre-Islamic Iranian Empire, ruled by the Sasanian Dynasty from 224 CE to 651 CE.

Dish: Sassanian Iran. The Sassanian Empire or Sassanid Persian Empire also spelled Sasanid or Sasanian), known to its inhabitants as Ērānshahr and Ērān in Middle Persian and resulting in the New Persian terms Iranshahr and Iran, was the last pre-Islamic Iranian Empire, ruled by the Sasanian Dynasty from 224 CE to 651 CE.

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Clibanarius Sassanid, VII Century AD. Example of the type of Persian cavalryman who brought the Eastern Roman Empire to its knees under Chosroes, overrunning Syria, Palestine and Egypt by 617, and leading directly to the overthrow of the Roman Emperor Phocas by the African Exarch Heraclius.

Clibanarius Sassanid, VII Century AD. Example of the type of Persian cavalryman who brought the Eastern Roman Empire to its knees under Chosroes, overrunning Syria, Palestine and Egypt by 617, and leading directly to the overthrow of the Roman Emperor Phocas by the African Exarch Heraclius.

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