Sasanian Faces (Babylonian Talmud)


At the Met the other day, I liked these Sasanian faces. Just playing around with the image, I’d like to superimpose them on the Babylonian Talmud. Hammered out of a single sheet of silver, this guy above is obviously a king, 4th century CE. Could this be Shapur II or Shapur III. About the guy below, he seems more pleasant; he might be a worshipper. Even though he’s Parthian, 1st or 2nd century CE, still maybe these are what a rabbi might have looked like over there back then.


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics.
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