NAJAF / Aswat al-Iraq: A citizen from Najaf province handed over 30 artifacts belong to the Sassanid era during a ceremony attended by tourism minister on Sunday.
“Minister Lewaa Smisam attended the ceremony of handing over 30 artifacts of the Sassanid era, including one that belongs to King Nabukhaz Nassar,” Aswat al-Iraq news agency correspondent in Najaf said.
The Sassanian Empire or Sassanid Empire was the last pre-Islamic Empire, ruled by the Sasanian Dynasty from 224 CE to 651 CE.
The Sassanid Empire, which succeeded the Parthian Empire, was recognized as one of the main powers in Western and Central Asia, alongside the Roman-Byzantine Empire, for a period of more than 400 years.
The Sassanid Empire was founded by Ardashir I, after the fall of the Arsacid Empire and the defeat of the last Arsacid king, Artabanus V.
During its existence, the Sassanid Empire encompassed all of today's Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, eastern Syria, the Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Dagestan), southwestern Central Asia, part of Turkey, certain coastal parts of the Arabian Peninsula, the Arab Gulf area, and some areas of Balochistan (Pakistan).