Khosrow (son of Bahram IV)

Khosrow (Middle Persian: 𐭧𐭥𐭮𐭫𐭥𐭣𐭩‎), was briefly Sasanian King of Kings of Iran in 420.

King of kings of Iran and Aniran
Shahanshah of the Sasanian Empire
PredecessorShapur IV
SuccessorBahram V
HouseHouse of Sasan
FatherBahram IV


Khosrow was the son of Bahram IV (r. 388–399), the sixteenth king (shah) of the Sasanian Empire. Since the death of the powerful Sasanian shah Shapur II (r. 309–379), the aristocrats and priests had expanded their influence and authority at the cost of the Sasanian government, nominating, dethroning, and murdering shahs, such as Bahram IV, and also the then reigning shah Yazdegerd I (r. 399–420), who was murdered in 21 January 420. They sought to stop the sons of Yazdegerd I from the ascending the throne—Shapur IV, who was the eldest son of Yazdegerd I and governor of Armenia, quickly rushed to the Sasanian capital of Ctesiphon, and ascended the throne. He was, however, shortly murdered by the nobles and priests, who elected Khosrow as shah.[1]

Bahram V, another son of Yazdegerd I, opposed the decision of the nobles, and asked the Lakhmid king of al-Hirah for military assistance, which he received. At the head of an army of numerous soldiers, Bahram marched towards Ctesiphon, where he promised that he would not reign like his father Yazdegerd I did. According to the Shahnameh ("The Book of Kings"), Bahram suggested that the royal crown and attire should be placed between two lions, and the person that retrieved them by killing the wild animals should be recognized as the shah of Iran. Khosrow chose to pull out, whilst Bahram withstood the trial and won the throne.[1] Nothing is known about the fate of Khosrow.


  1. ^ a b Klíma 1988, pp. 514–522.


  • 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.
  • Klíma, O. (1988). "Bahrām V Gōr". Encyclopaedia Iranica, Vol. III, Fasc. 5. London et al. pp. 514–522.
Khosrow (son of Bahram IV)
Preceded by
Shapur IV
Great King (Shah) of Iran
Succeeded by
Bahram V