SASSANID, or SASSANIAN DYNASTY (or SASANIAN), the ruling dynasty of the neo-Persian empire founded by Ardashir I. in A.D. 226 and destroyed by the Arabs in 637. The dynasty is name'd after Sasan, an ancestor of Ardashir I. For a list of the kings and the history of the empire see PERSIA: Ancient History, section viii.; for its fall see also CALIPHATE, section A, i.
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