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  • What if the Shah of Iran had remained: 35 years later

    09/28/2014 7:45:32 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 43 replies
    FSM ^ | 9/28/14 | Slater Bakhtavar
    In 1979, after a long campaign of political pressure applied by the Carter administration in the United States, the Shah of Iran fell to the Islamic Revolution, ending a tradition of monarchic rule that had persisted in Iran for thousands of years since the rule of Cyrus the Great. The stage was set for the rise of the Ayatollah, and the establishment of a theocracy in Iran that, today, most Iranians do not even want. But what if none of that had ever happened? While a momentous departure from actual history, it is not nearly so far-fetched as it sounds....
  • Movie for a Sunday Afternoon: "Esther and the King"(1960)

    03/30/2014 10:04:20 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1960 | Raoul Walsh
  • Seavey/Perry: Rise of a Podcast

    03/20/2014 7:45:49 AM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 20, 2014 | Gerard Perry and Todd Seavey
    In which we discuss Zack Snyder’s latest, liberal interpretation of the second Persian invasion of Greece, the pre-Islamic cultural history of Persia, Dear Reader, Michael Malice’s unauthorized autobiography of Kim Jong-il, the fickle nature of social media, and, naturally, comic books! Enjoy.
  • Themistocles decree -- 480 B.C.

    12/25/2013 4:36:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Ancient Greek Battles ^ | unknown | unattributed
    Gods.Resolved by the Boule and the People.Themistocles son of Neocles of Phrearrhioi made the motion. The city shall be entrusted to Athena, Athens' protectress, and to the other gods, all of them, for protection and defense against the Barbarian on behalf of the country. The Athenians in their entirety and the aliens who live in Athens shall place their children and their women in Troezen, [to be entrusted to Theseus ?] the founder of the land. The elderly and movable property shall for safety be deposited at Salamis. The treasurers and the priestesses are to remain on the Acropolis and...
  • Georgian Martyr Queen's Remains Found in Goa

    12/25/2013 2:54:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Monday, December 23, 2013 | editors
    An arm bone retreived from the pieces of a stone sarcophogus found in the ruins of a church in Goa on the west coast of India likely belonged to Ketevan, the 17th century queen of the Kingdom of Kakheti in eastern Georgia. Literary sources say that when Kakheti was conquered by the Persians in 1613, Ketevan was taken prisoner. After refusing to join the Persian emperor's harem, she was tortured and killed 11 years later, and a portion of her body was said to have been taken to St. Augustine's Chuch in Goa and kept on a window. Since the...
  • Rouhani home with US ?gift? of silver griffin: reports

    09/29/2013 2:48:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | 9-28-13
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as ?a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. ?The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you',? Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. ?They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation.? Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion....
  • Islam’s Medieval Underworld

    07/23/2013 6:10:08 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Smtihsonianmag.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | Clifford Bosworth
    The year is—let us say—1170, and you are the leader of a city watch in medieval Persia. Patrolling the dangerous alleyways in the small hours of the morning, you and your men chance upon two or three shady-looking characters loitering outside the home of a wealthy merchant. Suspecting that you have stumbled across a gang of housebreakers, you order them searched. From various hidden pockets in the suspect’ robes, your men produce a candle, a crowbar, stale bread, an iron spike, a drill, a bag of sand—and a live tortoise. The reptile is, of course, the clincher. There are a...
  • From Bond girl to bows:...Eva Green in 300: Rise of An Empire and, yes, Xerxes makes a comeback

    06/13/2013 1:58:26 PM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Kimberly Dadds
    Zack Snyder's been a busy man - not only is he currently promoting his new Superman movie Man Of Steel but on the day of the premiere he also released a teaser trailer for his next comic book movie - 300. The director took to the blue carpet in London's Leicester Square on Wednesday night alongside Henry Cavill. But while the hype builds over the Henry Cavill film, he's already looking to the next as he gears up for the 2014 release of follow up movie 300: Rise Of An Empire, which he returned to albeit as a producer and...
  • First Declaration of Human Rights (History)

    04/18/2003 8:16:31 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 15 replies · 543+ views
    Zoroastrianism and Biblical Connections ^ | 4/18/03 | Dr. Darius Jahanian
    One of the significant events in ancient history is the conquest of Babylon by the Persian king, Cyrus the Great. On October 4th, 539 BC, the Persian Army entered the city of Babylon, which was then the capital of the Babylonian state (in central Iraq). This was a bloodless campaign and no prisoners were taken. Later, on November 9th, King Cyrus of Persia visited the city. Babylonian history tells us that Cyrus was greeted by the people, who spread a pathway of green twigs before him as a sign of honor and peace (sulmu). Cyrus greeted all Babylonians in peace...
  • The art of wine in ancient Persia [Shiraz]

    11/10/2005 11:25:03 AM PST · by Cyrus the Great · 43 replies · 882+ views
    Iranian ^ | 11/10/05 | Iranian
    “I could drink much wine and yet bear it well” -- Darius the Great, King of Persia (6th BCE), Athenaeus 10.45 The history of wine making and wine drinking is an old one in Persia, and today the Darioush vineyard in the Napa Valley which has become renowned in the art of wine making, is attempting to revive this tradition in the United States. Wine connoisseurs today may be familiar with the word Shiraz, the name of a town in southwest Persia famed for its grapes. Whether or not the Shiraz grape was the source of the Medieval Syrah, brought...
  • (Iran) Scientist Claims to Invent 'Time Machine' To See Into The Future With 98% Accuracy

    04/13/2013 1:27:07 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    The Mirror (U.K.) ^ | April 11, 2013 | Tom Parry
    Scientist claims to invent 'time machine' to see into the future with 98 per cent accuracy • He says his device can detail any individual’s life between five and eight years in advance after taking readings from the user's touch An Iranian scientist claims he has invented a time machine that allows you to predict the future with 98 per cent accuracy. Ali Razeghi says his device can produce a print-out detailing any individual’s life between five and eight years in advance after taking readings from the user's touch. He claims the Iranian government, whose nuclear programme has caused concern...
  • Dura-Europos: Crossroad of Cultures: A Lost Civilization of the Ancient Middle East

    08/15/2010 11:54:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | Carly Silver
    In 1920, British soldiers digging trenches near the Euphrates River came across ancient wall paintings. In the sands of eastern Syria, they uncovered the remains of the ancient town of Dura-Europos. Located on the Euphrates River, the long-buried settlement was ruled successively by the Macedonians, Parthians, and Romans until its destruction in A.D. 256. Today, the site is known for its buildings, including the world's oldest church, one of the earliest synagogues ever found, and numerous Greco-Roman temples. Covering about 180 acres, Dura-Europos was founded around 300 B.C... Dura's location was ideal because it was both defensible and near a...
  • Ancient Persians who gassed Romans were the first to use chemical weapons

    01/14/2009 8:37:02 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies · 968+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/14/2008
    They gassed Roman soldiers with toxic fumes 2,000 years ago, researchers have discovered. Archeologists have found the oldest evidence of chemical warfare yet after studying the bodies of 20 Roman soldiers' found underground in Syria 70 years ago. Archeologists have found the oldest evidence of chemical warfare after studying the bodies of 20 Roman soldiers Clues left at the scene revealed the Persians were lying in wait as the Romans dug a tunnel during a siege – then pumped in toxic gas – produced by sulphur crystals and bitumen – to kill all the Romans in minutes. Dr Simon James,...
  • Early chemical warfare comes to light

    01/12/2009 7:37:48 AM PST · by BGHater · 6 replies · 633+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | 11 Jan 2009 | Bruce Bower
    Roman soldiers defending a Middle Eastern garrison from attack nearly 2,000 years ago met the horrors of war in a most unusual place. Inside a cramped tunnel beneath the site’s massive front wall, enemy fighters stacked up nearly two dozen dead or dying Romans and set them on fire, using substances that gave off toxic fumes and drove away Roman warriors just outside the tunnel. The attackers, members of Persia’s Sasanian culture that held sway over much of the region in and around the Middle East from the third to the seventh centuries, adopted a brutally ingenious method for penetrating...
  • Alexander and the tomb of Cyrus the Great [Deep Respect]

    03/21/2007 9:13:50 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Livius ^ | 3/21/07 | Livius
    Within the enclosure, by the way which led up to the tomb, a small building had been constructed for the Magi who guarded it, a duty which had been handed down from father to son ever since the time of Cyrus' son, Cambyses. They had a grant from the King of a sheep a day, with an allowance of meal and wine, and one horse a month to sacrifice to Cyrus. There was an inscription on the tomb in Persian, signifying: O man, I am Cyrus son of Cambyses, who founded the empire of Persia and ruled over Asia. Do...
  • Alexander the Great visits tomb of Cyrus the Great

    06/12/2004 4:50:50 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 175+ views
    Livius: History ^ | 6/12/04 | Livius: History
    In January or February 324, Alexander reached the old religious capital of Persia, Pasargadae. Here, he visited the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid empire, who had lived two centuries before. The Greek author Arrian of Nicomedia describes the events in section 29.1-11 of his Anabasis. The translation was made by Aubrey de Sélincourt. At the same time he moved forward himself with the lightest infantry units, the mounted Companions, and some regiments of archers, along the road to Pasargadae. [...] Arrived at the Persian frontier, he found that Phrasaortes, the governor, had died while the...
  • Panic In Persia As Hyperinflation Hits Iran

    11/04/2012 6:13:20 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-4-2012 | Steve H Hanke
    Panic In Persia As Hyperinflation Hits Iran Economics / HyperInflationNov 04, 2012 - 05:45 PM By: Steve H Hanke For decades, the Iranian economy has been cobbled together by religious-bureaucratic regimes that have employed mandates, regulations, price controls, subsidies and a wide variety of other interventionist devices, in an attempt to achieve their goals. It's all been kept afloat – barely afloat – by oil revenues. Shortly after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took power as president, Iran began to draw the ire of the United States, Europe and their allies over a number of issues related to Iran's nuclear ambitions. Of late,...
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Cameraman Defects To US

    10/05/2012 3:39:28 AM PDT · by Fennie · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 1, 2012 | By Mark Hughes, New York and Adrian Blomfield
    Hassan Gol Khanban is thought to have planned his defection in advance of his trip to the United States, taking steps to have his family flee Iran in the hope that they too can gain asylum, his lawyer, Paul O'Dwyer, said. Mr Khanban, who is believed to have worked for the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB for several years, had accompanied Mr Ahmadinejad to New York to attend last week's session of the UN General Assembly. Mr O'Dwyer said that his client's wife and two children had left Iran while he was in New York and that efforts were being made...
  • The Islamic Republic is not Iran

    08/12/2010 8:51:55 PM PDT · by Righting · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 01, 2010 | Amil Imani
    The Islamic Republic Is Not Iran By Amil Iman We just don't get it. The Left in America is screaming to high heaven that the mess we are in, in Iraq and the war on terrorism has been caused by the right-wing and that George W. Bush, the so-called "dim-witted cowboy," has created the entire mess. The truth is the entire nightmare can be traced back to the liberal democratic policies of the leftist Jimmy Carter, who created a firestorm that destabilized our greatest ally in the Muslim world, the shah of Iran, in favor of a religious fanatic, the...
  • Excavations In Iran Unravel Mystery Of 'Red Snake'

    02/19/2008 3:02:57 PM PST · by blam · 51 replies · 744+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-19-2008 | University of Edinburgh.
    Excavations In Iran Unravel Mystery Of 'Red Snake' ScienceDaily (Feb. 18, 2008) — New discoveries unearthed at an ancient frontier wall in Iran provide compelling evidence that the Persians matched the Romans for military might and engineering prowess. The 'Great Wall of Gorgan'in north-eastern Iran, a barrier of awesome scale and sophistication, including over 30 military forts, an aqueduct, and water channels along its route, is being explored by an international team of archaeologists from Iran and the Universities of Edinburgh and Durham. This vast Wall-also known as the 'Red Snake'-is more than 1000 years older than the Great Wall...
  • Iran's Demon Possession...Islam in Prophecy pt 15

    And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael...
  • Iranian Population Educated, Urbanized and Young: Census (Iranian fertility rate plummets to 1.29)

    07/31/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 30 replies
    Turkish Weekly ^ | July 30, 2012
    According to the latest census, Iran’s population is at 75.2 million, with 99.4 percent being Muslims, 55 percent under the age of 30, and the literacy rate at 93 percent Iran is a very urbanized society with a largely educated, young Muslim population that ranks as the Middle East’s second-largest, its latest census figures published yesterday show. The snapshot, issued on the website of the presidency’s planning and strategic supervision department (www.amar.org.ir), also corrected some misconceptions about the country, notably by reporting fewer than expected Jews and Internet users. The census, whose data was collected in 2011 and presented in...
  • Alexander the not so Great: History through Persian eyes

    07/25/2012 9:39:37 AM PDT · by Renfield · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 7-14-2012 | Ali Ansari
    Alexander the Great is portrayed as a legendary conqueror and military leader in Greek-influenced Western history books but his legacy looks very different from a Persian perspective. Any visitor to the spectacular ruins of Persepolis - the site of the ceremonial capital of the ancient Persian Achaemenid empire, will be told three facts: it was built by Darius the Great, embellished by his son Xerxes, and destroyed by that man, Alexander. ~~~snip~~~ He razed Persepolis to the ground following a night of drunken excess at the goading of a Greek courtesan, ostensibly in revenge for the burning of the Acropolis...
  • Warning signs from ancient Greek tsunami

    05/14/2012 3:27:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | April 19, 2012 | Nan Broadbent
    In the winter of 479 B.C., a tsunami was the savior of Potidaea, drowning hundreds of Persian invaders as they lay siege to the ancient Greek village. New geological evidence suggests that the region may still be vulnerable to tsunami events, according to Klaus Reicherter of Aachen University in Germany and his colleagues. The Greek historian Herodotus described the strange retreat of the tide and massive waves at Potidaea, making his account the first description of a historical tsunami. Reicherter and colleagues have added to the story by sampling sediments on the Possidi peninsula in northern Greece where Potidaea (and...
  • 'Iran ready to wipe Israel off the map'

    02/26/2012 3:31:57 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 35 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | Published: 02.24.12, 23:32 | Dudi Cohen
    Tehran's deputy defense minister warns Jerusalem against strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, says 'any action by Zionist regime will bring about its destruction' As speculations over a possible strike on Iran's nuclear facilities grow, the Islamic Republic is exacerbating its rhetoric. Deputy Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi on Friday warned Israel against mounting such an attack: "Any act by the Zionist regime against Iran will bring about its destruction." Hezbollah, he added, "Is at the forefront of the fight against Israel and it is growing stronger by the day."
  • Esther Fast

    12/16/2011 8:49:37 AM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 11 replies
    Wilbur Ministries ^ | Dec 14, 2011 | Wilbur Ministries
    A video by Paul Wilber about the metaphor of Esther saving the nation of Israel through prayer and fasting
  • The Battle for Civilization: The Battle of Marathon, 2,500 years ago last week, isn’t just...

    09/21/2011 2:57:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 21, 2011 | Jim Lacey
    The Battle for CivilizationThe Battle of Marathon, 2,500 years ago last week, isn't just ancient history. Before dawn on Sept. 12, 490 b.c., 10,000 mostly Athenian hoplites formed for an assault on the Persian force assembled before them on the Marathon Plain, nearly 25 miles from Athens. At the sound of a single trumpet, the advance began. Eight men deep on the flanks and four deep in the center, the phalanx of bristling spear points and blazing shields began its slow, inexorable march toward the enemy. Picking up the pace, first to a fast walk and then to a trot,...
  • What Would War with Iran Look Like?

    06/18/2011 9:44:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    The American Interest ^ | July - August 2011 | Jeffrey White
    The debate over what to do about an Iranian Islamist regime apparently bent on acquiring nuclear weapons has been on or near our front burner for at least six years, and is now almost a settled feature of the policy landscape. There is general agreement in the United States on two points. First, an Iranian nuclear weapons capability is “unacceptable”, as both the Bush and Obama Administrations have put it; and second, we prefer getting to an acceptable outcome without using force. The debate gets testy when we consider that means short of force, such as sanctions and covert technical...
  • Ancient Royal Horse Unearthed in Iran

    04/29/2011 12:58:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Fri Apr 29, 2011 01:46 PM ET | Analysis by Jennifer Viegas
    Remains of the oldest known Caspian horse, otherwise referred to as the "Kings' horse" due to its popularity among royals the world over, have been unearthed in northern Iran, according to CAIS. The more than 3,000-year-old remains were found at an Iranian site named Gohar-Tappeh. In ancient times, royals often chose Caspian horses to ride them into battle and/or to pull their chariots. During more recent history, individuals such as Price Philip of England have popularized the Caspian, which is the oldest breed of horse in the world still in existence. The Shah of Iran gifted such a horse to...
  • Main beliefs of Zoroastrianism

    04/13/2011 3:52:31 AM PDT · by Cronos · 53 replies
    hinduwebsite ^ | 2009 | Jayaram V
    Zoroastrianism is one of the most ancient religions of the world. At one time it was the dominant religion of Iran and adjoining regions. Its popularity declined when the Islamic invaders occupied Iran and introduced Islam. A handful few who fled from Iran,after the fall of the Sassanid Empire, to escape persecution in the hands of the new rules took shelter in India. They are known today in India as Parsis, a small community that has been persistently striving ever since to keep the tenets of the religion alive, despite hardship and lack of following. Apart from them a few...
  • ‘Priestly’ battle continues to rage (goes to Supreme Court)

    04/12/2011 1:30:01 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Daily News and analysis ^ | 11-04-2011 | Manoj R Nair
    The dispute in the Parsi-Zoroastrian community over the bar on two priests accused of ‘irreligious’ activities has moved to the Supreme Court, which will hear an appeal later this month against the Bombay high court order that criticised the bar. While a senior advocate from Mumbai will represent those who challenged the ban, a leading Delhi lawyer who is also a senior member in a political party has been reportedly engaged by those who support the bar. The priests were barred from the Towers of Silence cemetery and two fire temples because they had conducted after-death prayers for community members...
  • "From Nowruz till Nowruz, the Philosophy of Iranian Zoroastrian celebrations and ceremonies’

    04/08/2011 12:47:46 AM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies
    Iran Book News Agency ^ | 6.04.2011 | Nowruz
    In the book "From Nowruz till Nowruz”, Cyrus Niknam explores how to hold and the philosophy of Iranian Zoroastrian celebrations and ceremonies, passing a solar year. In this book, he has tried to collect all the customs and related ceremonies and to explain how the ceremonies are held as well. More pages of Niknam‘s book is dedicated to celebrating Nowruz. The orders and ceremonies include 32 celebrations, each of which is considered as a sign of depth and precious heritage of Iranian culture and civilization. At the beginning he explains that in ancient Iranian belief, happiness is a good display...
  • What if the Persian Empire of King Xerxes had conquered Greece?

    04/07/2011 5:34:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 90 replies · 3+ views
    hub pages ^ | 2009 | Asp52
    ...With Greece a Persian province what would have happened next? Forward into the Balkans and be met by Eastern Europe's barbaric tribes. It is likely on the evidence of the Romans occupation of that area that the Persians would struggle so far away from their own lands to subdue the Balkan and Italian areas even with the support of its Macedonian allies. But their incursion into this area of Europe would have stopped the formation of the Roman Empire as we know it, The Germanic tribes may have spread further and the migration of the peoples of the Steppes( Maygars...
  • Iran’s 2,500-Year War with the West - The lessons of our long history of engagement with Persia

    04/01/2011 1:28:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 30, 2011 | Jim Lacey
    Iran's 2,500-Year War with the WestThe lessons of our long history of engagement with Persia Iran is at war with the West! Even as Western politicians remain oblivious to the threat, it has not escaped the notice of Arab governments. A few weeks ago, Saudi armored formations entered Bahrain to help that nation’s government defeat a Shia rebellion. While it is tempting to view Bahrain’s revolt as part of the greater upheaval challenging governments throughout the region, that is only part of the story. In reality, Iran is bidding to extend its influence throughout the Persian Gulf oil-producing areas. By...
  • Purim’s Message

    03/17/2011 4:35:07 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/17/2011 | editorial
    Purim’s central message is particularly relevant today: The Jewish people should feel grateful for not always being on the receiving end of history’s tragedies. It has been falsely claimed of the late educator Ernst Simon (1899-1988) that he would intentionally avoid celebrating Purim. Uncomfortable with the idea that the Purim miracle included the killing of 75,000 enemies of the Jews, the traditional-minded Israel Prize laureate and co-founder of Brit Shalom purportedly would remain in Jerusalem on the 14th of the month of Adar (the day Purim is not celebrated in the capital) and go elsewhere on the 15th (the day...
  • Buried Roman Soldiers of Dura May Be Victims of Ancient Iranian Chemical Weapon

    03/09/2011 10:35:20 PM PST · by OddLane · 23 replies
    The Circle Of Ancient Iranian Studies ^ | Thursday, 10 March 2011 | CAIS
    LONDON, (CAIS) -- Almost 2,000 years ago, 19 Roman soldiers rushed into a cramped underground tunnel, sent to defend the Roman-occupied Syrian city of Dura-Europos from an army of Persians digging to undermine the city's mudbrick walls. But instead of Persian soldiers, the Romans met with a wall of noxious black smoke that turned to acid in their lungs. Their crystal-pummelled swords were no match for this weapon; the Romans choked and died in moments, many with their last pay of coins still slung in purses on their belts. Nearby, a Persian soldier — perhaps the one who started the...
  • Islam on a Collision Course

    02/05/2011 3:31:08 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 05, 2011 | Amil Imani
    When he was asked why the vast majority of Egyptians, the heirs to a great pre-Islamic civilization, speak Arabic rather than Coptic, a leading Egyptian historian replied, "Because we had no Ferdowsi." That would be the tenth-century Persian poet and the author of the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) who revived not only the Persian language, but also Persian identity. Ferdowsi is known for his efforts to save the Persian language, and the history, from oblivion. It has been suggested that Ferdowsi is Iran's Homer: "Twice as long as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey taken together, the Shahnameh blends Iran's ancient myths...
  • With immense grief .. we ...inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi

    01/04/2011 1:32:25 PM PST · by nuconvert · 50 replies
    It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi. Like millions of young Iranians, he too was deeply disturbed by all the ills fallen upon his beloved homeland, as well as carrying the burden of losing a father and a sister in his young life. Although he struggled for years to overcome his sorrow, he finally succumbed, and during the night of the 4th of January 2011, in his Boston residence, took his own life, plunging his family and friends into great sorrow. Once again, we are joined...
  • Leak City (Oliver North)

    07/29/2010 9:10:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 30, 2010 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — In most administrations, "leaks" of classified information precipitate presidential ire. Nearly all such unauthorized disclosures are the consequence of disgruntled government employees deciding that a "leak" is the best way to stop some activity they have decided should not continue. To justify their unlawful actions, they call themselves "secret whistle-blowers." The so-called "mainstream media" love them. Most American presidents do not. That's what makes the current commander in chief's reactions to a whole series of "leaks" so unusual. President Barack Obama doesn't seem to be concerned at all. President Ronald Reagan was infuriated by the publication and broadcast...
  • Two tumuluses found in Turkey's ancient Daskyleion

    09/24/2010 6:28:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | Tuesday, 21 September 2010 | AA
    Archaeologists have discovered two tumuluses during the excavations in the ancient city of Daskyleion in the northwestern province of Balikesir. Associate Professor Kaan Iren from the Mugla University who heads the excavation team, told reporters, "we found a gate in one of the tumuluses which leads to a grave chamber. There were remains of two skeletons in the grave. We believe that they belonged to noble people or to members of the royal family." "We also unearthed remains of a wooden desk in the tumulus. A glass bracelet, a silver earring, a perfume bottle and more than 30 coins were...
  • "King's" villas cause outrage [Caria, in modern Turkey]

    05/17/2008 11:11:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 190+ views
    Voices Newspaper ^ | Saturday, May 17, 2008 | editor
  • The Fate of the Library of Alexandria

    05/02/2010 3:17:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 81 replies · 3,039+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 02, 2010 | John O'Neill
    The great Library of Alexandria, established by Ptolemy II (circa 280 BC), has come to symbolize the receptacle of knowledge of Classical civilization. This great repository was barbarously razed in the Middle Ages. At its height, the Library contained an estimated forty thousand volumes on a wide variety of topics. It held works on astronomy, mathematics, physics, medicine, and philosophy -- many of which were copied from the hieroglyphic and cuneiform texts of the Egyptians and Babylonians. It also stored histories of all the countries of the known world: histories of Egypt, of Babylonia, of Persia, of the lands of...
  • Iran To Arabs: It's "Persian Gulf" Not "Arabian Gulf" -- If You Call It "Arabian Gulf," You're Toast

    02/22/2010 2:24:56 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 774+ views
    Iran To Arabs: It's "Persian Gulf" Not "Arabian Gulf" -- If You Call It "Arabian Gulf," You're Toast Business Insider Feb. 22, 2010, 3:24 PM TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Airlines not referring to the waterway between Iran and the Arabian peninsula as the Persian Gulf will be banned from Iranian airspace, the transport minister told local media Monday. The warning was directed specifically toward the airlines of neighboring Gulf Arab countries who have a history of referring to the body of water as the "Arabian Gulf." "The airlines of the southern Persian gulf countries flying to Iran must use 'Persian...
  • Iran to Surge to a Hegemonic Position in the Middle East Without a Major War

    01/03/2010 4:25:10 PM PST · by staffjam · 13 replies · 830+ views
    OilPrice.com ^ | 01/01/2010 | Yossef Bodansky
    Despite the lingering demonstrations and disorder in Tehran, Iran’s ruling mullahs are confident anew in their country’s ability to surge to a hegemonic position in the Middle East without a major war. The main reason for the mullahs’ confidence is their interpretation of the appeasement policies of the US Barack Obama Administration. Most significant is the undeclared – yet widely projected – profound change in US policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran and all other regional governments are convinced that the US now strives to “contain” a nuclear Iran rather than continue the declared objective to prevent the nuclearization of...
  • Protesters taunt Basij militia in Iran (w/Video)

    12/28/2009 5:13:59 AM PST · by DGHoodini · 15 replies · 540+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 28 December 2009 | No Byline
    Amateur footage shot in Tehran shows protesters cornering members of the Basij militia and taunting them. They can also be heard telling the militia to chant and denounce the Supreme Leader before they let them go. (snort) >B-)
  • Raw, Stunning Footage Of Iran Protesters Saving Prisoners From Getting Hanged

    12/28/2009 7:13:25 AM PST · by FromLori · 33 replies · 2,107+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/28/09 | Joe Weisenthal
    Discretion advised When you see footage such as this, with anti-regime Iranian protesters losing any concern about their own safety, it's hard to imagine the current leadership hanging on. Here, via Gateway Pundit, is brutal footage of protesters saving two men who were being hanged. Caution definitely advised. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart. video at site
  • 2009 Iranian Revolution - Streets of Tehran resemble a war zone Dec 27

    12/27/2009 4:12:00 PM PST · by joinedafterattack · 125 replies · 6,557+ views
    You Tube 2009 Iran Revolution's Channel ^ | 12-27-09 | 2009 Iran Revolution's Channel
    Must see fresh videos of Iraninan Revolution in progress. http://www.youtube.com/user/2009IranRevolution
  • Is this the legendary lost Persian army

    11/09/2009 8:05:43 PM PST · by Charlespg · 14 replies · 1,134+ views
    Daily mail ^ | 10th November 2009 | Cher Thornhill
    The legend of the lost Persian army has survived over two and a half millennia - despite a blatant lack of hard evidence. But now two Italian experts believe they have found its remains. Twin brothers Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni uncovered hundreds of human bones, weapons and jewelery in the Sahara desert, west Egypt, that they believe belonged to the 50,000-strong army.
  • SAINTS ABDON and SENNEN Persian Martyrs at Rome (†254) & SAINT GERMANUS Bishop of Auxerre (†450)

    07/29/2009 11:25:56 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 320+ views
    magnificat.ca ^ | 1882 | Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin
    July 30 Spiritual Bouquet: I am the vine, you are the branches. St. John 15:5 SAINTS ABDON and SENNENPersian Martyrs at Rome(†254) The emperor Decius, enemy of Christians, had defeated the king of Persia and become master of several countries over which he reigned. He had already condemned to torture and death Saint Polychrome, with five members of his clergy. Saint Abdon and Saint Sennen, illustrious Persian dignitaries of the third century whom the king of Persia had highly honored, were secretly Christian; it was they who had taken up the body of the martyred bishop, which had been cast...
  • A Persian prison state: Second of four parts

    07/23/2009 7:01:39 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 236+ views
    The National Post ^ | Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | Nazanin Afshin-Jam
    International diplomacy has failed to end Iran's nuclear program, halt its support for terrorist groups, or force the regime to respect basic human rights. But a new strategy is at hand: In a four-part National Post series, presented in partnership with the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, prominent writers explain how the world can apply pressure on Iran. In today's instalment, Canadian human-rights activist Nazanin Afshin- Jam explains how Iran's persecution of its own citizens is feeding the nation's appetite for reform.