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The King of Kings’ Empire as a Garden in Ancient Iran
Touraj Daryaee (UC Irvine)
This lecture explores the idea of the Sasanian Empire (Iranshahr) as a garden. The theme of the Persian Empire as a paradise has been explored by a number of scholars, but the continuation of this idea in Late Antiquity is neglected. The speaker will discuss how the Sasanian king of kings acted as a gardener who not only protected his subjects from invaders and malicious forces, but also weeded out those who brought havoc to the internal order of the empire established by Ohrmazd.
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