Allegiance Sasanian Empire
Military leader Hazarbed
Political leader Sasanian king
Headquarters Sasanian Royal Palace
Area of operations Sasanian Empire
Part of Sasanian Empire

The Darigan, was a special military force within the armed forces of the Sasanian Empire. This force (alongside the pushtigban) was charged with the protection of the Sasanian Emperor. The members of the Darigan were chosen from the various noble and significant families within the empire. Members of the Darigan were charged with tasks such as guarding the gates of the palace, presenting guests and foreign leaders to the ruler, and occasionally acted as military advisors or diplomats to the King.[1]

Notable operations [ edit ]

The commander of the Darigan (the Hazarbed) occasionally acted as a royal executioner and the Darigan would play a role in those operations. Additionally, on the holidays of Nowruz and Mihragan the King would often make a large speech; it was during this speech that the Darigan was given the task of protecting the King from potential plots during the events.[2][3]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Sanz, Arturo. "The Sassanid Army". Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. ^ Wiesehofer, Josef (1996). Ancient Persia : from 550 BC to 650 AD (Newition ed.). 6 Salem Road, London, W2 4BU: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 1860646751. CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ "Daniel 11". Hebrew Institute. Hebrew Institute. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
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