Rostam Farrokhzād Military Person
Rostam Farrokhzād (رستم فرّخزاد in Persian) (6?? - 636/7 CE) was the Ērān Spāhbod (Spāhbod of Iran, Commander of the Army of Iran) of the Sāsānian Empire under the reign of Yazdgird, r. 632 - 651. Rostam is remembered as an historical figure, a character in the Persian epic poem Shāh-nāmeh, and as a touchstone of most Iranian nationalists. Rostam Farrokhzād was a powerful Sāsānian general and aristocrat from Azarbaijan, one of the provinces of the Persian empire, and was Persian by ethnicity. Rostam, his father, Farrukh-Hormuzd, and his brother served the Sāsānian rulers in high office. As his father before him, Rostam was "ishkan" or "prince” of Azarbaijan (Atrpatakan) and governor of Khorassan. By this date Sāsānian governors (Spahbods) held their lands in a type of hereditary fiefdom. In a period of Sāsānian decline, such aristocrats became increasingly powerful and in many cases were the power behind a series of weak rulers. During the regency of Ardashir III, Farrukh-Hormuzd attempted to seize power by a proposed marriage to queen Azarmidokht, but Rostom's father was rebuffed and murdered.