This article has some nice images of Sassanian coins etc. and it indirectly provides a brief history of the empire. The prophet Mani shows up too.
There are many connections between ancient Judaism and the late-antique Sassanian (Sasanian) Empire in Iran. For many PaleoJudaica posts, see here and links and here. And cross-file under Manichean (Manichaean) Watch.
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