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Title: The Evolution of Swords and Daggers in the Sasanian Empire
Author(s): MASIA, Kate
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 35    Date: 2000   
Pages: 185-289
DOI: 10.2143/IA.35.0.519101

Abstract :
As a result of the contact with other cultures through warfare and also through other avenues such as trade and diplomatic relations, one may suggest that this will affect and be reflected by the material culture. A study of the swords and daggers utilised throughout the Sasanian empire reveals the way in which technology is implemented and continues, changes and adapts. This can be observed in relation to conflicts with specific enemies and contact with other cultures that have different traditions of weaponry and warfare and the impact this may have. Aspects of the Parthian tradition may also be continued and modified and a distinct Sasanian assemblage can be seen to develop.
This study of the swords and daggers of the Sasanians utilises a variety of sources of evidence. These include archaeological material, reliefs and written sources relating both to the use of swords by the Sasanians as well as references to military activities.

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