Previous dynasty very
weak, fragmented, new regime intent on controlling more closely the territories
it had inherited / expanding them ?
Better than Arsacids ?
irrigation doubled land available for cultivation. ?
Khuro I 6th
century ? large centrlised government I Ctesipon ? he initiated reforms. ?
Shapur I initial
empire ? initial continuity with predominantly feudal Pathians. ?
centralisation ? no more regional minting and lessening noble power. ?
Shapur must have
helped with canals ? evidence early central administration in Sasanian
period.? Basically increased bureaucracy
and centralisation ? nobility never broken 3 and 5th century
instability. Linked to urban growth, especially in the the Persian heartlands ?
onwards standing army levy ? presupposes organisational ability to coordinate
campaigns before setting off.? But
Unlike Parthians S
also sieges ? some sort of system existed and functioned. ?
Unique among Rome?s
neighbours in comparable degree of urban development, governmental organisation
? uniquely among foreign peoples recognition of parity of status. Sarsanian