Bahram IV, King of Persia

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Bahram

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Death: Died
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Son of Shapur III, Emperor of Sasanian Persia and Princess Tihe-He of Shan-Shan
Father of <private> Sassanian King
Brother of Yazdegerd I, King of Persia
Half brother of Yazdegerd I, King of Persia

Occupation: koning van Perzië
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About Bahram IV, King of Persia

Bahram IV was twelfth Sassanid King of Persia (388–399), son and successor of Shapur III of Persia, under whom he had been governor of Kerman; therefore he was called Kermanshah (Agathias iv. 26; Tabari).

Armenia had been divided during the reign of Shapur III according to the terms of a peace treaty. But this arrangement barely survived the reign of Shapur III. By about 390, Khosrov III, the King of Armenia under Persian suzerainty grew wary of his subordination to Persia and entered into a treaty with the Roman Emperor Theodosius I who deposed Arshak III and made him the king of a united Armenia in return for his allegiance. Enraged, Bahram IV took Khosrov prisoner and confined him to the Castle of Oblivion and made his brother Vram-Shapuh upon the Armenian throne. Khosrov had appealed to Theodosius for help but the latter refused to intervene as it would constitute a breach of the peace of 384.

Bahramn IV is often regarded as a harsh man who entirely neglected his duties. His conduct, it is recorded, grew so unbearable that he was ultimately assassinated by his own troops who surrounded him and shot him with arrows.

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Bahram IV was twelfth Sassanid King of Persia (388–399), son and successor of Shapur III of Persia (383–388), under whom he had been governor of Kerman; therefore he was called Kermanshah (Agathias iv. 26; Tabari). He later founded the city of Kermanshah in Western Persia which was called after him.

Armenia had been divided during the reign of Shapur III according to the terms of a peace treaty. But this arrangement barely survived the reign of Shapur III. By about 390, Khosrov III, the King of Armenia under Persian suzerainty grew wary of his subordination to Persia and entered into a treaty with the Roman Emperor Theodosius I who deposed Arshak III and made him the king of a united Armenia in return for his allegiance. Enraged Bahram IV took Khosrov prisoner and confined him to the Castle of Oblivion and made his brother Vram-Shapuh upon the Armenian throne. Khosrov had appealed to Theodosius for help but the latter refused to intervene as it would constitute a breach of the peace of 384.

Bahramn IV is often regarded as a harsh man who entirely neglected his duties. His conduct, it is recorded, grew so unbearable that he was ultimately assassinated by his own troops who surrounded him and shot him with arrows.

Bahram IV

Sassanid dynasty

Preceded by

Shapur III Great King (Shah) of Persia

388 –399 Succeeded by

Yazdegerd I


Bahram IV (Middle Persian: ୥୫୧୫ୠ୭ <wlhlʾn>, archaic Warahrān, pronounced Wahrām and sometimes written ୥ୠ୧୫ୠ୬ <wʾhlʾm>; New Persian: بهرام, Bahrām), was thirteenth king of the Sasanian Empire from 388 to 399. He was the son and successor of Shapur III (383–388).

Bahram IV is often regarded as a harsh man who neglected his duties. He has been portrayed as a weak king, under whom his vassals regained influence lost under Shapur II.

Bahram, during the reign of his father, was the governor of Kirman; therefore he was called Kermanshah (meaning "king of Kerman"). He later founded the city of Kermanshah in western Persia. In 388, his father was killed by a group of Sasanian nobles. Bahram thus succeeded him as the ruler of the Sasanian Empire.

Armenia had been divided during the reign of Shapur III according to the terms of a peace treaty. But this arrangement barely survived the reign of Shapur III. In 389, Khosrov IV, the vassal king of Armenia under Sasanian suzerainty grew wary of his subordination to Persia and entered into a treaty with the Roman emperor Theodosius I, who made him the king of a united Armenia in return for his allegiance.[3] This enraged Bahram and made him have Khosrov imprisoned in the Castle of Oblivion. Bahram shortly made the latter's brother Vramshapuh the new ruler of Armenia.[4] In 395, the Huns invaded the Sasanian province of Asuristan, where they ravaged much of the countryside and took many captives. Bahram IV then had an army sent against them, which managed to kill a great deal of them and regain the riches they had taken including the captives.

In 399, Bahram's conduct, it is recorded, grew so unbearable that he was ultimately assassinated by his own troops who surrounded him and shot him with arrows. He was succeeded by his brother Yazdegerd I.

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