Shapur I Triumphing over Roman Emperors

Shapur I Triumphing over Roman Emperors

Date ca. 260-272 CE,

Movement Ancient Near EasternSasanian

Medium Limestone

Location Naksh-i-Rustam (near Persepolis), Iran


By presenting the emperor in true Roman fashion, Shapur I was able to make it blatantly obvious who the “barbarian” was that he had defeated, no matter who was viewing this relief, be they Persian or Roman. Shapur I maintains his Achaemenid heritage with traditional garb and war pieces.