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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 534   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Problems and Sources in the Study of Late Antique Iran: Sasanian History

Khodadad Rezakhani

This graduate seminar is meant as both an overview of Sasanian history as well as an introduction to its historiography. It is organized based on the study of sources and addresses the issue of the diversity of languages, types of evidence, and variety of approaches. It additionally aims at connecting Sasanian history to the greater issues of late antique and world history and emphasizes similarities and mutual influences with other late antique civilizations and entities.

Sample reading list:
Muhammad Al-Tabari, History of al-Tabari
Peter Christensen, The Decline of Iranshahr
Patricia Crone, The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran
Touraj Daryaee, Sasanian Persia
Beate Dignas and Engelbert Winter, Rome and Persia in Late Antiquity
Greg Fisher, Between Empires
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 25%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22864 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Green Hall   2-S-14   Enrolled:3 Limit:15