KNIGHTHOOD: Re-Enactment of The Sassanian Cavalry (Short Film)


KNIGHTHOOD: Re-Enactment of The Sassanian Cavalry (Short Film)
by Darius Kadivar

A short film on the Sassanian Cavalry in Full Armour riding through the Kingdom in search of his beloved. The Sassanian Knights are said to have inspired the European Knights of the Middle Ages particularly in the use of mail in their Armour.

Persian Soldier ( Sassanian Cavalry)-Sassanian dynasty


The Sassanid Empire  is the name of the last Persian Dynasty with Zoroastrian rulers, which reigned over Iran from 224-651. The Sassanid Empire was recognized as one of the two main powers in Western Asia and Europe (the other being the Byzantine Empire) for a period of more than 400 years.[1] The Sassanid dynasty was founded by Ardashir I after defeating the last Parthian (Arsacid) king, Artabanus IV Ardavan) and ended when the last Sassanid Shahanshah (King of Kings), Yazdegerd III (632651), lost a series of battles against the Arab Caliphate, the first of the Islamic empires. The Sassanid empire, which translates to Eranshahr ("The Iranian Empire") in Middle Persian[2][3], encompassed all of today's Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Armenia, the southern Caucasus (including southern Dagestan), southwestern Central Asia, parts of Turkey, parts of Syria, some coastal parts of the Arabian Peninsula, Persian Gulf area, and some parts of southwestern Pakistan.

The Sassanid era, encompassing the length of the Late Antiquity period, is considered to be one of Iran's most important and influential historical periods. In many ways the Sassanid period witnessed the highest achievement of Persian civilization, and constituted the last great Iranian Empire before the Muslim conquest and adoption of Islam.[4] Persia influenced Roman civilization considerably during the Sassanids' times,[5] and both empires reserved for each other the status of equals, exemplified in the letters written by the rulers of the two states addressing each other as "brother."[6][7] Their cultural influence extended far beyond the empire's territorial borders, reaching as far as Africa,[8] China and India[9] and played a prominent role in the formation of both European and Asiatic medieval art.[10]

This influence carried forward to the early Islamic world with the Muslim conquest of Iran, especially the dynasty's unique, aristocratic culture.[11] Zarinkoob, a famous Iranian scholar even went to the extent of claiming that much of what later became known as Islamic culture, architecture, writing and other skills is borrowed mainly from the Sassanid Persians and propagated throughout the broader Muslim world.

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mehdi2009 Jaan Merci

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Darius-e Aziz Thank you for the wonderful video and Data

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Dear Darius,

Thank you very much for putting on display a great and wonderful piece of Iranian Heritage.

Iranian dynasties of Ashkanian (Parthian) and the Sassanian had magnificent Calvary, and that was due to the fact that it was suitable for our mountainous land. The Roman with their Awesome Legions never were able to invade and completely occupy Iran due to these Marvelous Horsemen. The Calvary used tactics such as hit and run to slow down the numerically superior but slow moving Roman Legions, and Iranians were smart enough not to engage them in a pitched battle. The Iranian Archers in combination with the Calvary also took care of the rest and discouraged the Romans.

Keep up the good work of promoting Iranian Heritage.

Salutations to All the TRUE Sons and Daughters of Iran.


Darius Kadivar

Indeed SamSam Jaan

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By the way I was wondering if there was any Iranian association which does Re Enactments of Persian Battles like some do in Europe for the Napoleonic wars like in Waterloo.

It could be a great idea to develope especially for such events like Mehregan or Nowrooz and have parades in full uniform on such occasions.

I know a Greeks Australian Friend who is very much into this and he has an interesting website dedicated to the Spartans.

His website is going under a new changes but here it is:


Thank you for your knowledable feedbacks as always,


Darius jaan

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Indeed, I read somewhere(Strabo?) that code of ethics & chivalry among Sassanid cavalry & knights was well known to romans so much so that when a Sassanid knight was captured he was treated with respect and taken to Rome on his own horse. You are absolutly correct that the Knightsmen image & legacy was passed on to a later version of European middle ages versions of knighthood. btw* the 1st instances of such tradition occured when Iranian tribes of Alans(Ardalans) & their famous cavalry joined with east germanic Vandals(Goth) & their king Gundrich to establish estates in Roman territories and create burgundy kingdom in France which later was removed by Franks.

 As always, great read, Cheers!!!

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