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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ID Code: 9145
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sassanians, Persia, Elephants, Roman Empire, Kingship
ISSN: 1783-1482
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 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:32

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