Adur Narseh (Persian: آذرنرسه) was the ninth Sasanian King of Kings of Iran briefly in 309. Following his father's death, the nobles and Zoroastrian clergy saw an opportunity to gain influence within the Empire. Thus, they murdered Adur Narseh, blinded one of his brothers and forced another brother (Hormizd) to flee.[1] He was succeeded by his infant brother Shapur II.[2]

Adur Narseh
King of Kings of Iran and non-Iran[a]
Shahanshah of the Sasanian Empire
PredecessorHormizd II
SuccessorShapur II
HouseHouse of Sasan
FatherHormizd II
MotherIfra Hormizd

Adur Narseh is only mentioned in some Greek sources, while oriental sources make no mention of him, and none of his coins have yet been found.[3] The credibility of these Greek sources regarding Adur Narseh is questioned by Nikolaus Schindel, who states that Adur Narseh probably never ruled.[3]


  1. ^ Also spelled "King of Kings of Iranians and non-Iranians".


  1. ^ Pourshariati 2008, p. 56.
  2. ^ Tafazzoli 1983, p. 477.
  3. ^ a b Schindel 2013, p. 815.


  • Pourshariati, Parvaneh (2008). Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire: The Sasanian-Parthian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran. London and New York: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84511-645-3.
  • Schindel, Nikolaus (2013). "Sasanian Coinage". In Potts, Daniel T. (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199733309.
  • Shahbazi, A. Shapur (2005). "Sasanian dynasty". Encyclopaedia Iranica, Online Edition.
  • Tafazzoli, Ahmad (1983). "ĀDUR NARSEH". Encyclopaedia Iranica, Vol. I, Fasc. 5. p. 477.
Adur Narseh
 Died: 309
Preceded by King of Kings of Iran and non-Iran
Succeeded by