International Committee to Save
the Archeological Sites of Pasargad
Introducing “Shadows in the Desert”
letter to the members of WAIS
all WAIS ((World Affairs
of Stanford University) members
would be interested in a new book by a very distinguished member Kaveh
Farrokh (Osprey Publishers, 2007) on ancient Persia.
Professor Richard Nelson Frye
the history of Persia from its beginnings to the Arab conquest. The book
Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
also been so successful the he has gone on a book tour throughout the US,
including a very interesting talk on the well known (in New York)
Lapate Talk show.
Iranian Savant Omar Khayyam
I shall conclude by recommending this work to all WAISers to add to a broader understanding of a much ignored, very interesting and dynamic beginning of western civilization.
Tomb of Persian poet Hafez in Shiraz, Iran
comments: Congratulations to WAISer Kaveh Farrokh (Canada) on the
publication of such a well-received and timely work, as Iran has become so
prominent not only in world affairs but also in recent WAIS
Apadana section of Persepolis
However, most of the history of ancient Persia remains as mysterious today as it was to contemporary Western scholars. Compared to the world-famous Alexander, the many wars won by the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian empires, and their revolutionary military technology, have been almost forgotten in the sands of the East.
The Pushtighban Heavy Knights of the Royal Guard (left) and Jyanavspar-Peshmerga (right) engaged against Roman troops during the failed invasion of Emperor Julian in 363 AD
(Farrokh, Sassanian Elite Cavalry, 2005, Plate D; Paintings by Angus McBride).
day, Persia was a superpower to rival Greece and Rome, and conflict between
them spanned over a millennium. Through these wars, and trade, these foes
learnt from each other, not only adopting
The world's first battery dated to the Parthian era (left) and reconstruction of that battery (right). Consult Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies weblink:
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