Adhur Gushnasp

Adhur Gushnasp
Marzban of Persian Armenia
In office
Monarch Peroz I
Preceded by Adhur Hormizd
Succeeded by Sahak II Bagratuni
Personal details
Born Unknown
Died Unknown
Marzpanate Armenia

Adhur Gushnasp, known in Armenian sources as Arderveshnasp was a Sasanian commander and the fourth marzban of Persian Armenia from 465 to 481.[1]


In 465, Adhur Gushnasp was appointed by the Sasanian shah Peroz I as the marzban of Armenia, replacing Adhur Hormizd.[2] In 475, the Mamikonian princess Shushanik, was murdered by her husband Prince Varsken, a recent convert to Zoroastrianism, because she refused to convert and wanted to stay Christian. Varsken was then executed by Vakhtang I, king of Iberia. Peroz I sent an army to punish Vakhtang for intervening. However, Vakhtang was joined by the Armenians, and a revolt broke out in Armenia, led by Vahan I Mamikonian. Adhur Gushnasp then abandoned Dvin to escape the Armenian rebels, and took refugee in Artashat, where he began raising an army in order to make a counter-attack. The Armenian insurgents then made Sahak II Bagratuni the new marzban of Armenia.[3]

Adhur Gushnasp raised an army of 7,000 horsemen, and attacked the Armenians at Akori, he was however, defeated and killed.[4]


  1. (Basmadjian 1914, p. 293).
  2. (Grousset 1947, p. 213).
  3. (Grousset 1947, pp. 216–217).
  4. (Grousset 1947, p. 219).


Preceded by
Adhur Hormizd
Marzban of Persian Armenia
Succeeded by
Sahak II Bagratuni
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