Four major religions' origins in the Middle East: [in
chronological order - Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Islam]
all of them: transcendental and universal
Rome - capital established in east - Constantinople
adopt Christianity as the state religion - what did this
development of Christianity under state auspices - Church
councils - creation of "heresies"
Arian - Nicaea
Nestorian - Ephesus
Monophysite - Chalcedon
Persia - why was Iran important from classical Greek times until 7th century?
Sassanian dynasty -
Ferdausi - Shahnameh
farmers, traders, craftsmen
Why do we know so little about Sassanian society and government?
destruction of archives, written record
depend on "outsiders" for information about them
Adopt Zoroastrianism as state religion