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Yazdgerd 2. Declares War On Roman Empire

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March, 25, 441 A.D.:
Yazdgerd 2. Declares War On Roman Empire

By: Mir M.Hosseini

2 years after disappearance of his father Bahram V (Goor), Yazdgerd 2 became king and on March, 25, 441 declared war on Rome because Romans were piling up in northern parts of Iran and were inciting Armenians for revolt against Sassanid government. Yazdgerd 2 was a Zoroastrian zealot that was under influence of the priests. This characteristics of Yazdgerd 2 caused him to show intolerance in Armenia where Christianity was being practiced and he got involved in many battles in this area for a long time. Soon after this war declaration, the Roman Empire pulled out troops from Iran territory and there came peace. Peace with Romans gave Yazdgerd 2 to go after Heptalites that were settling near to the northeast borders.

KEY TERMS:Armenia , Armenian , Bahram V , Christ , Christian , Christianity , Goor , Heptalite , Iran , Roman , Rome , Sassan , Sassanid , Yazd , Yazdgerd , Yazdgerd 2 , Zoroastrian

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