Parsua (earlier Parsuash, Parsumash) was an ancient tribal kingdom/chiefdom [1] (860-600 BC) located between Zamua (formerly: Lullubi) and Ellipi, in central Zagros to the southwest of Sanandaj, western Iran. The name Parsua is from an old Iranian word *Parsava and it is presumed to mean border or borderland.[2]

Parsua was distinct from Persis, another region to the southeast, now known as Fars province in Iran. Some accounts suggest that Teispes, the ancestor of the Achaemenid dynasty, led a migration from Parsua to Persis, formerly the Elamite state of Anshan.


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  2. ^ Gershevitch, Ilya; Bayne Fisher, William; A. Boyle, J. (1985). The Cambridge History of Iran. II (reissue, illustrated, reprint ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 62. ISBN 9780521200912. Retrieved 15 January 2009.