15. YEZDIJIRD II., the son of the preceding, reigned from A. D. 448 till 458.
He was surnamed " SIPAHDOST," or " The Soldier's Friend."
The persecutions against the Christians were renewed by him with unheard of cruelty, especially in Persarmenia, where 700 Magi discharged the duties of missionaries with sword in hand. The Armenians nevertheless resisted bravely, and Christianity, though persecuted, was never rooted out. His relations with Rome were peaceful.