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The Art of Parthians
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Active ImageDomination of Iran and Mesopotamia was wrested from the Seleucids by the Parthians, a people said to have been originally a Scythian tribe but who obtained the name by which they are known in world history from the eastern Iranian province of Parthava. The province already existed in Achaemenid times and only some time after the middle of the third century B.C. was it occupied by this new Central Asiatic people.
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Celebrating Yalda
Monday, December 21, 2009
Active ImageIranians around the world celebrate Yalda, which is one of the most ancient Persian festivals. Yalda, which means birth, is a Syriac word imported into the Persian language. It is also referred to as Shab-e Chelleh, a celebration of winter solstice on December 21--the last night of fall and the longest night of the year.
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Abu Reyhan Birouni: A Persian Scientist
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Active ImageAbu Reyhan Muhammad ibn Ahmad Birouni was a Persian scholar and polymath of the 11th century. He was a scientist and physicist, an anthropologist, comparative sociologist, astronomer and chemist, a critic of alchemy and astrology, an encyclopedist and historian.
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Persian Music
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Active ImageMusic has been an indispensable part of the Iranian society since ancient times and archeological finds trace it back to the Elamite era. Statuettes recovered in Susa show that many musical instruments such as the Barbat, lute and flute were designed and played by Persians around 800 BCE. Historical records also show that music was an essential part of the Achaemenid court and Zoroastrian religious ceremonies.
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Iran’s Splendid Lakes
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Active ImageDue to its extraordinary tectonic features, Iran has quite a large number of lakes. While some are always filled, others are merely dry basins for most of the year that are filled depending on seasonal conditions.
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Iran Before the Elamites
Monday, November 23, 2009
Active ImageLittle is known about Iran prior to the rise of the Elamite power. This is so because there remains a treasure-trove of pre-historic artifacts and long-buried cities yet to be recovered. Only recently are Stone Age sites in Iran being excavated and observed. Therefore the knowledge of historians and archeologists of pre-historic Iran is quite scarce and is almost entirely based on modern discoveries and findings of the last few decades.
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Ramsar, An Iranian Bride to Remember
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Active ImageRamsar is the westernmost city of the Mazandaran Province — one of the three northern provinces of Iran — and one of the most famous tourist attractions in Iran's northern Green Strip.
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Academy of Gundishapur
Monday, November 9, 2009
Active ImageGundishapur is particularly thought to have had a significant role in establishing the institution of the teaching hospital for the first time. According to the Christian writer Georgy Zeidan, by the orders of Khosrow Anushiravan an institution was established to methodically care for the sick and ill while simultaneously training the students of medicine of the school by hiring physicians and scholars from Greece and India.
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Niavaran Palace Complex
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Active ImageNiavaran Palace Complex is situated in the northern part of Tehran, Iran in 9000 square meters area. It consists of several buildings and a museum. The Sahebqaraniyeh Palace from the time of Nasir al-Din Shah of Qajar dynasty is also inside this complex. The quadrilateral design of the palace and its interior archeological designing is inspired by Iranian archeology while making use of modern technology. Its decorations have also been inspired by the pre and post Islamic art.
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Hafez Day
Monday, October 12, 2009
Active ImageOctober 12 is the day in which Hafez is honored in Iran. Hafez Day gives us an opportunity to analyze the relationship between his viewpoints and our culture and tradition. In addition to Iran, the ceremonies to commemorate Hafez are held in 61 countries, which is an international effort to appreciate the great Iranian poet, in Iran's and world literatures, who lived in the 8th century A.H. or 14th century A.D.
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