Iran 500 CE

Iran, the centre of the Persian empire.

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What is happening in Iran in 500CE

Like the rest of the Parthian empire, Iran passed into the rule of a Persian dynasty, the Sasanids, in 224 CE. This regime imposed a much more centralized government structure on its empire than the Parthians had managed. The leading Iranian noble families have retained their influence, albeit in reduced form. The ruling class – royal family, court, Iranian nobles and bureaucracy – hold to the Zoroastrian faith, which is the official religion of the empire. The bulk of the population was probably Christian until the 4th century. From that time, when Christianity became the official religion of Rome, the Sasanids’ great enemy, this faith has been severely persecuted. It nevertheless retains the loyalty of many of the empire’s inhabitants. Manichaeism was also a popular religion, but it has been persecuted out of existence in Iran. Large Jewish communities thrive in many Iranian cities. Culturally, the Sasanid period has seen a renaissance of Iranian art and architecture. This echoes the great days of the Persian empire of Cyrus and Darius, but incorporates Hellenistic elements as well.

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