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View Poll Results: Which Persian Empire Was the Most Prestigous?
Achaemenid Empire 60 60.00%
Parthian Empire 5 5.00%
Sasanian Empire 23 23.00%
Safavid Empire 9 9.00%
Afsharid Empire 1 1.00%
Zand Empire 0 0%
Qajar Empire 0 0%
Pahlavi Empire 0 0%
I can't decide for sure. 2 2.00%
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Old December 25th, 2016, 12:10 AM   #81
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I agree with Samanid. If not for them Iran would be just another Arab state of the middle east. They saved and redeemed Persian culture from its lowest ebb. Without them there would even be a Safavid. Considering that after them Iran was mostly ruled by Turkics until Safavids arrival, the Samanid contribution even grows more in brilliance.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 12:10 AM   #82
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I wish though the Samanids tried to restore Zorastrianism rather than keep Islam.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 05:21 AM   #83

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Achaemenid Persia is more prestigious in the sense that controled a much larger empire than any other Iranian empire. They were involved in the wars with the Greeks, so they had a lot of impact in western history.

But in my opinion, Sassanid Persia was the true pinacle of Iranian empires. Might the extension of the empire was a bith shorter, but its cultural development was so great that defines what Persia is, and its influence outlived the dynasty because of a strong footsprint in Abbasid culture. Military speaking was a real superpower of the age, able to crush both Romans and Huns in decisive battles and long wars.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 02:05 AM   #84

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I would say Sassanids were most impressive. Although Achamenid was impressive, Sassanid was the apex of Persian culture and it had tremendous effect on Byzantine and (indirectly)Europe aswell, traditionally.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 02:56 AM   #85
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its funny how no one said Ashfarid, Zand, Qajar and Pahalavi. In my view you even the Ayotollah era is a quasi empire of sorts.
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The Persian people have dominated many regions from Anatolia to Khorasam and from Arabia and to the Caucasus. Persia also served as an intellectual powerhouse in the Middle East, attracting many intellectuals throughout the world. Its culture was admired by their subordinates and neighbors. Persian legacy of military, innovations, and culture surely have left their mark on history. But out of the several Persian empires, which one was the most prestigious in general?
There's absolutely no question that the Achaemenids were the most prestigious, followed closely by the Sassanids and then the Parthians. The former dominated the known world for 200 years, with only Greece holding out. The latter two were locked in epic East v West struggles, but the Parthians in particular never had the upper hand militarily. The one exception was Khusrau II, whose siege of Constantinople heralded the last swansong of pre-Islamic Persian culture. The other dynasties on the list (with the partial exceptions of the Afsharids and the Safavids) were historical footnotes- Persia post 651CE was a pale shadow of its former greatness.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:10 PM   #87
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its funny how no one said Ashfarid, Zand, Qajar and Pahalavi. In my view you even the Ayotollah era is a quasi empire of sorts.
I think you can count them as recovery eras. Afshrids, Or Nader shah as the only true ruler, was a conqueror rather than a builder. The Zand and the Qajar, coming after the Afsharids were mostly non-centralized weak governments; due to their really big flaws, mostly Qajar, even now Iranians tend to bypass those times and shelter in the pre-islamic era. you can count the late 300 years as (3) century (s) of humiliation just like china. before that, it was anarchy, before that it was mongols, before that it was islam, and if you dig enough to reach the pre-islamic era, you may find true prestige and glory which even after 15 centuries, Iranians claim their true origins.

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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:46 PM   #88
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I think you can count them as recovery eras. Afshrids, Or Nader shah as the only true ruler, was a conqueror rather than a builder. The Zand and the Qajar, coming after the Afsharids were mostly non-centralized weak governments; due to their really big flaws, mostly Qajar, even now Iranians tend to bypass those times and shelter in the pre-islamic era. you can count the late 300 years as (3) century (s) of humiliation just like china. before that, it was anarchy, before that it was mongols, before that it was islam, and if you dig enough to reach the pre-islamic era, you may find true prestige and glory which even after 15 centuries, Iranians claim their true origins.
I would say Safavids and Samanids were decent but your right nothing after Islam can be comparable to what they had before. I dont think Pahlavi is as bad as made out to be though. I think history will be more fair in evaluating them.
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I think you can count them as recovery eras. Afshrids, Or Nader shah as the only true ruler, was a conqueror rather than a builder. The Zand and the Qajar, coming after the Afsharids were mostly non-centralized weak governments; due to their really big flaws, mostly Qajar, even now Iranians tend to bypass those times and shelter in the pre-islamic era. you can count the late 300 years as (3) century (s) of humiliation just like china. before that, it was anarchy, before that it was mongols, before that it was islam, and if you dig enough to reach the pre-islamic era, you may find true prestige and glory which even after 15 centuries, Iranians claim their true origins.
I can honestly tell you that that's exactly what happens
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Old January 10th, 2017, 05:50 AM   #90

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Achaemenids. I mean, their empire was larger than Rome. They also had excellent administrative skills, and laid the groundwork for Persian civilization.
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