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Ardashir III

Summary
Ardashir III (Ardašir; 621 – 27 April 630) was the Sasanian King of Kings (shahanshah) of Iran from 6 September 628 to 27 April 630. Name Ardashir is the Middle Persian form of the Old Persian Ṛtaxšira (also spelled Artaxšaçā, meaning "whose reign is through truth"). The Latin variant of the name is Artaxerxes. Three kings of the Achaemenid Empire were known to have the same name. He is also recorded in Greek as Adeser (Αδεσήρ; Theophanes the Confessor) and Artaxes (Αρτάξης; Chronographeion Syntomon) Background Ardashir was the son of king Kavad II (r. 628) and Anzoy, who was a princess from the Byzantine Empire, which made Ardashir less popular among the Iranians, who had recently been in a long and devastating war against the Byzantines. In 628, a devastating plague spread through western Iran, which claimed the lives of half of the population, including Kavad II himself. Reign After the death of Kavad II, the Wuzurgan elected Ardashir a
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