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Title: Wahrām III., König der Könige von Ērān und Anērān
Author(s): WEBER, Ursula
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 45 Date: 2010
After Wahrām II (276-293) had been in power for 17 years, a period of office which had been shaped by problems both in domestic and foreign affairs and in which the Sāsānian Empire had gone through a heavy crisis, Wahrām III entered the throne in 293 AD as Iran’s sixth āhān āh. He was the successor of his father and grandfather of the same name and, like them, a member of the Sāsānian clan. However, his grandfather had originally not been considered a possible heir to the throne by ābuhr I for reasons we do not know. Wahrām III was only able to maintain his position as King of kings for about four months. In reaction to his succession to the throne a civil war broke out which caused the aristocracy to fall out and weakened the Empire even more. In the course of this war, Narseh, Wahrām III’s great-uncle and ābuhr I’s youngest son, was able to persuade parts of his opponent’s army to break away from its leader. Thus, he succeeded in overcoming Wahrām. With this victory Narseh was able to regain the rule for the actual family of Sāsān after twenty years of quarrel for the throne. Our main source for those events are Narseh’s own res gestae from Pāikūlī in 'Irāqi Kurdistān.