The Warfare exhibit presents insights into military technology and tactics during the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sasanian periods. The texts are primarily excerpted from Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern writers who describe the armor, formations, and strategies of their Iranian opponents. 

The table itself was built around two models: a replica of a Sasanian helmet, designed by local Iranian-American artist Sohail Shams and pictured left, and an atl-atl, an ancient device for launching spears and other projectiles, loaned by Professor Stephanie Selover, who also demonstrated its use.

Left: Sasanian helmet, by Sohail Shams. The crescent and star insignia, reproduced here, is attested on surviving Sasanian armor and coins.

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