Dahae (Dahâ): nomadic tribe in the west of modern Turkmenistan, subject to the ancient Persian empire, closely akin to the Sacae (Scythians). The Parni were a Dahaean subtribe. In about 238 they invaded Parthia, and were assimilated by the native population. Westernn authors called this new ethnic formation "Parthians"; they were to form a new empire in Iran and southern Iraq, which lasted until the first quarter of the third century AD.
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