Translated from the Russian, with Supplementary Appendices from Arabic Sources by G. K. Nariman
the Parsi tradition regarding Alexander. Comp. J. Darmesteter La Legende de Alexandre chez les Parses. Essais Orientaux, Paris 1883, pp. 227-251.]
The Sasanian dynasty issuing from a small principality in the south of Persia--a principality which, properly speaking bears the title of the "kernel of the Persian nation"--occupies a considerable position in Persian history. Wide imperial aims were united with a plenitude of solid organisation of government so perfect that it passed into a proverb among the Arabs. In this last connection the Sasanian tradition survived for a long time a number of Moslem dynasties. The powerful influence which Iranian tradition exercised was felt by the Abbaside Khahlifs and after them by the Turkish Seljuks. But not only the science of government, a good deal of other matters of cultural and historical importance in the latter times have their explanation in the Sasanian epoch. Placed on the confines of the Greco-Roman world on the one hand, and China and India on
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