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88-89; 1947; 49). Utas remarked that this is a confusion be­ tween the people Col (Col) and the place name located west of the Cas­ pian. This confusion effects the next two paragraphs 19-20 where 122). e, Ctesiphon. Some numismatists have read the mint-mark VSP for the city of Wisp-siid-Husraw located in Iraq. Commentary 41 Isfahani mentions another city by the name of Husraw-sabuhr which was one of the seven cities of Mada'in which was built by Husraw I. Hu­ boy-husraw Hanbil-sabuhr Mada'in as well (TafazzolT 1983; 340).

Markwart also stated that Babylon was thought to be the center of astrology (Markawart 1932; 66), but did not give any other information. This reference empha­ sizes the Babylonian origin of astrology, but the influence of Greek as­ trology has been demonstrated in this passage as well (MacKenzie 1964; 65n; Panaino 1998; 76). -TIr: "Planet Mercury" The reference is to the planet Mercury whose sign is thought to have influence over the region of Babylon (MacKenzie 1964; 65n), and it was considered a very negative luminary and it was to have a demonic func­ tion (Panaino 1998; 76).

In the SE is also related that 50 Sahrestanlha-I Eran-sallr ArdaxSIr I called several cities by his own name including Bih Ardasfr which was in Kennan (Fiirsniime 1 363; 60). But there was also a Bih Ardasfr on the west side of Mada' in in Iraq (TabarI l 999; 1 6). 4 1 ) Staxr: "Staxr" Staxr was the center of Sasanian power in the beginning of the third century CEo The Anahid frre-temple which Pabag, ArdaxsIr's father, was custodian of wqs at Staxr and the Achaemenid monuments were also located close by.

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