The Rise of the Sassanian Elephant Corps: Elephants and the Later Roman Empire
Chanles, Michael (2007) The Rise of the Sassanian Elephant Corps: Elephants and the Later Roman Empire. Iranica Antiqua, 42, pp. 301-346.
The Sassanian Persians used elephants on various occasions against the armies of the Later Roman Empire. This article considers when elephants were first incorporated into the Sassanian army, why they were thought necessary, their deployment and equipment during the period in question, and the degree to which the Sassanian way of elephant warfare differed from that of neighbouring peoples. In addition, the paper proposes a close association between the use of elephants and Persian notions of kingship. Much emphasis is placed on the martial activities of Shapur II and the testimony of the Greek soldier-historian Ammianus Marcellinus.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link).|
|Keywords:||Sassanians, Persia, Elephants, Roman Empire, Kingship|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Classical Greek and Roman History (210306)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 E.J. Brill|
|Deposited On:||27 Aug 2007|
|Last Modified:||05 Jan 2011 23:32|
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