On the Construction Date of the Derbend Fortification Complex

In: Iran and the Caucasus
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  • 1 Institute of History, Archaeology, and Ethnography, Dagestan Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, Makhachkala
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The paper discusses several aspects of the history of one of the great architectural and fortifying undertakings of the Sasanian period, namely the Derbend defensive wall. Comparing all the available data on the time of this construction, the author draws a picture of the key historical events of the 6th century A.D., the complicated relations of the Sasanians with their neighbours, and the phenomenon of the so-called Northern tribes, against whom, strictly speaking, the Derbend fortification complex was erected. The article gives a convincing answer to the problem of the construction date of the Derbend fortification complex, rightfully called the Great Caucasian Wall.

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