Sura of Parthia

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Born213 AD
Iran, Parthian Empire
Iran, Parthian Empire
AllegianceParthian Empire
Battles/warsRoman–Parthian Wars

Sura of Parthia was a heroine of the Parthian Empire who was the daughter of Artabanus V, the last king of the Parthian Empire. Sura had the rank of Spahbed (Lieutenant General). She is considered by Iranians as a military genius whose role model was another Parthian general named Surena. Sura's main tactic was to not charge into the enemy line before weakening and exhausting them first. Sura had a grudge against King Ardashir I because in 225 A.D. Ardeshir (son of Papak) went to a great war against her father, Artabanus V, and killed him in battle. Ardashir I restored the central power in Persia and completely changed the feudalistic system of Ashkanid Parthians. He set Zoroastrianism as the official religion of Persia. His move paved the way for future rulers to use Zoroastrianism as the base of their actions and established a very strong monarchy based on the Achaemenid's system, a pre-Sassanid dynasty founded by Cyrus the Great.


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