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History of The Sassanid Empire – Rome’s Biggest Rivals (224–651 c.e.)

The Sassanid Empire was the last pre-Islamic Iranian dynasty that ruled over a large part of western Asia. Following the Achaemenid dynasty, the Sassanids are considered one of the most powerful and famous Iranian dynasties that positively infl uenced the evolution of Iranian nationality and culture during their 400-year sovereignty (224–651 c.e.). The dynastic name, Sassanid or Sassanian, is derived from Sasan, said to have been father or grandfather of Ardashir I, also called Artaxerxes. ARTAXERXES Founder of the Sassanid dynasty, Artaxerxes was first appointed as the governor of Darabgard because of his firm familial relationship with the local...

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History of Yemen From Ancient Times Until its Fall Under Arabian Rule

Rise of Yemen Yemen is the state occupying the southwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Because of the extensive desert in the interior of the peninsula, Yemen has undemarcated borders with Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the north. The western and southern borders are marked by the coast, running along both the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Trade characterized the history of early Yemen. The harsh climate and the generally unproductive nature of much of the interior meant that most of Yemeni culture and history was focused on a comparatively narrow coastal strip. However, some...

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10 Oldest Ships in the World Which Have Survived to This Day

list of the 10 oldest ships in the world which have survived to this day without significantly losing their original form. 10.  Gokstad ship 900 CE The Gokstad ship is a 9th-century Viking ship found in a burial mound at Gokstad in Sandar, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway. It is currently on display at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway. 9. Oseberg ship – 820 CE The Oseberg ship is a well-preserved Viking ship discovered in a large burial mound at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg in Vestfold county, Norway. This ship is commonly acknowledged to be among the finer artifacts to have survived from the Viking Era. The ship and some of its contents are displayed at the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy on the western side of Oslo, Norway. 8. Ancient Galilee Boat 50 BCE...

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10 Legendary Historical Swords That Actually Exist

1. The Sword of Saint Galgano One night the Archangel Michael appeared in a dream to Sir Galgano and beckoned to him to follow, for the Archangel would show him the path to God. The knight, surprised but fearless, followed him down a narrow difficult path to Monte Siepi. Eventually they stopped before a circular-shaped church, outside of which the Twelve Apostles were standing. They greeted Galgano and told him what he should do and where he should go.  At first Sir Galgano ignored the vision. It was not until some days later when he was out riding that he changed....

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Attila, the Hun (“The Scourge of God”) – King of the Huns

Attila the Hun Born about 400, Attila succeeded a series of Hunnish chieftains of varying degrees of ferocity and efficiency. Attila ruled jointly over the HUNS with his brother, Bleda, from 434 until 445, when he killed Bleda. He was described as short, the norm among his people, with a snub nose, small eyes, and a disconcerting stare that frightened most who met his gaze. We know that he was bearded, since a contemporary historian related that his beard was “sprinkled with gray” when he met him in 449. Attila was a ruthless natural leader who could inspire boundless...

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