A Sassanian Renaissance: Reevaluating the Sixth Century between Empire and Minorities

A Sassanian Renaissance: Reevaluating the Sixth Century between Empire and Minorities
Activity Date: 
Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 to Thursday, Jun 14, 2018

The Sixth Century in the Sasanian Empire was central to the development of the various groups living therein. This was the period in which the Babylonian Talmud was fully developed, when East Syrian administration, law, and identity was consolidated, and when Mandaeaism emerged as a religious movement. These changes coincided with the similar consolidation of Zoroastrian law and lore. This century was also of crucial importance to the Sasanian Empire, which further centralized its administration, and was embroiled in many pivotal conflicts and formed many momentous peace arrangements with the Byzantine Empire and other bordering groups and areas, such as Armenia and the Caucasus. This is the period in which the Sasanian Empire reached its zenith and began approaching its nadir.

The workshop focused on the significance of the sixth century of Sasanian rule on the Empire and those groups living therein. Bringing together scholars from fields that often study their materials in isolation from the larger context, it shed light on connections between the various groups of the period while creating a simultaneously broader and deeper focus with which to reevaluate the importance of this period.