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CafeLitt 137: Armies of Ancient Iran

Thu 10 Sep 2009, 19:00, by Yusef Amiri, at Bistro Oxford :2170 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal (Map)
Iranians were a major 'superpower' (and sometimes the superpower) in the ancient world for about 12 centuries. One of the main instruments for this supremacy was their armies and they maintained this upper hand through continuous development and improvement of weapons, tactics and organization. In this talk we review Armies of Ancient Iran and give brief information about these developments, along with the major events and their impact on Iran armies. These events include Greco-Persian wars, Alexander invasion, Parthian and Sassanian wars with Rome and finally the collapse of Sassanians. Of course, after the advent of Islam up to present day, Iranians continued to be a major force in the region.

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