Images of Iran
|by John Walker
Also at the Naghsh-é Rostam site are eight reliefs carved in the stone below the tombs which are believed to date from the Sassanian dynasty (AD 224–637). This carving is said to represent the Sassanian king Shapur I accepting the submission of the Roman emperor Valerian who was taken prisoner at the first battle of Edessa in AD 260. Valerian was the first Roman emperor to be taken prisoner and died in Persia several years afterward.