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        Commerce in the Sassanid Persian Empire

        The Sassanid Empire ruled Persia (Modern Iran) before the rise of Islam from approximately 224 – 651 CE. It was one of the largest empires in the world for more than 400 years.   In this period, Persia had great wealth and agricultural assets, such as barley, beans, fruits, and cotton. Mining was also an important Persian enterprise. Persia’s location served as a key pass through for those trying to get goods from China and India to Europe. While war was common among neighbors during this time, commerce also flourished. As such, one of the empire’s trading partners was the Roman Empire, which wanted exotic goods, such as silk, spices, jewelry from the east. This set of resources provides background information on this period. Explore these resources. As you do, think about how these items demonstrate the complexity of commerce in the Sassanid Persian Empire. This will help you complete the worksheet included in the Support Materials.

        The Sassanian Empire

        This map shows the reach of the Sassanian Empire in the middle ages.

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        Dish decorated with a scene of Prince Varahran out hunting, Sassanid dynasty

        Persian School, (4th century) Medium: silver with gilding. Date: 4th Century.

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        Silk fragment showing the 'Senmurv', Sassanian Dynasty

        Persian School Medium: textile.

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        The Silk Road and Ancient Trade | Crash Course World History #9

        John Green teaches you about the so-called Silk Road, a network of trade routes where goods such as ivory, silver, iron, wine, and yes, silk were exchanged across the ancient world, from China to the West.

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