In Search Of Cyrus The Great
You will be even more proud of the best child of Iran
By: Reza Bayegan
by: Dr. Kaveh Farrokh
A colleague of mine noted the following posting on Google today:
Dr. Doostkhah's site "Iranshenakht" is now 3 years old!
Congratulations Dr. Doostkhah-e nazanin, your web site is one of a kind, great job, ver well done.
Thank you for all your efforts, thank you.
Here is the link:
Remembering a great artist
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Divers find Caesar bust that may date to 46 B.C.
PARIS - Divers trained in archaeology discovered a marble bust of an aging Caesar in the Rhone River that France's Culture Ministry said Tuesday could be the oldest known.
The life-sized bust showing the Roman ruler with wrinkles and hollows in his face is tentatively dated to 46 B.C. Divers uncovered the Caesar bust and a collection of other finds in the Rhone near the town of Arles founded by Caesar.
Iran asks UNESCO to name 2009 as Ferdowsi Year
Iranian people annually celebrated May 14 as the Ferdowsi Day. An expert session on Ferdowsi and his masterpiece, Shahnameh, was held at the Abi Hall of the Niavaran Palace Museum in Tehran on May 14. During the session, Fereidun Joneidi, the head of the Ferdowsi Foundation board of trustees, presented historical documents showing that by 2009 a millennium would be past the composing of Ferdowsis magnum opus Shahnameh. UNESCO celebrated the 800th birthday anniversary of the Persian mystic and poet Molana Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) in 2007.
Ferdowsi statue to be set up at Britains Wadham College
Born in Iran's northeastern city of Neyshabur, on May 18, 1048, Khayyam is recognized worldwide as one of the most revered Persian poets and astronomers.
Gorgeous Birds, Breathtaking Colors
of an Achaemenid-Persian Castles East to Suez Canal
LONDON, (CAIS) -- An Egyptian archaeological team has discovered two castles, the first at Tel Habwa on the ancient road of Horus War Road, which dates back to the Pharaohs era, Dynasties 18 and 19.
The second castle dated back to the Achaemenid-Persian era. Zahi Hawwas Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said the new discoveries are located 30 km east to the Suez Canal.
It has been suggested that the first Canal was dug during the reign of Tuthmosis III, although more solid evidence credits the Pharaoh Necho (6th century BCE) for the attempt. The canal however, was completed by Darius the Great for purpose of creation of a shipping connection between the Nile and the Red Sea, between the African colony and the mainland empire and the Persian Gulf.
According to Herodotus, the completed canal was wide enough that two triremes could pass each other with oars extended, and required four days to traverse. Darius commemorated his achievement with a number of granite stelae that he set up on the Nile bank. The best preserved of these monuments was a stele of pink granite, which was discovered by Charles de Lesseps, Ferdinand de Lesseps's son, in 1866, 130 kilometers from Suez near Kabret.
The Darius the Great Inscriptions read:
Saith King Darius: I am a Persian. Setting out from Persia, I conquered Egypt. I ordered this canal dug from the river called the Nile that flows in Egypt, to the sea that begins in Persia. When the canal had been dug as I ordered, ships went from Egypt through this canal to Persia, even as I intended
Childhood 'toy' revealed as ancient Persian relic
Wed May 28, 8:29 AM ET -Yahoo
Owner John Webber says his grandfather gave him the 5.5-inch (14-centimetre) high mug to play with when he was a child, back in 1945.
He assumed the golden cup, which is decorated with the heads of two women facing in opposite directions, their foreheads garlanded with two knotted snakes, was made from brass.
But he decided to get it valued when he was moving house last year and was told it was actually a rare piece of ancient Persian treasure, beaten out of a single sheet of gold hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ.
Experts said the method of manufacture and the composition of the gold was "consistent with Achaemenid gold and gold smithing" dating back to the third or fourth century BC.
The Achaemenid empire, the first of the Persian empires to rule over significant portions of Greater Iran, was wiped out by Alexander the Great in 330 BC.
Auction house Duke's, in Dorchester, south-west England, will put the cup under the hammer on June 5, with an estimate of 500,000 pounds (630,000-euro, 988,000-dollars).
Webber, 70, told The Guardian newspaper that his grandfather had a "good eye" for antiques and picked up "all sorts" as he plied his trade in the town of Taunton in south-west England.
knows where he got this, he never said," he added, revealing that
as a child, he used the cup for target practice with his air gun.
A 12,000 years old village of Maymand carved in living rocks located in Shahr-e Babak, Kerman-Iran; whose enjoy impressive architecture representing the peaceful coexistence of man and Nature.
THESE ARE PICTURES OF ONE THE VILLAGES IN THE SOUTHEAST OF IRAN IN THE STATE OF KERMAN . PLEASE LOOK CAREFULLY INSIDE THE ROOM, THE ENTRANCE TO THE HOUSE, HOW THE HOUSES ARE BUILT INSIDE THE MOUNTAINS OR UNDERGROUND. THIS IS TO AVOID THE EXTREME HEAT AND COLD OF THE DESERT.
4500-year-old cypress tree nominated for addition to the World Heritage
A 4500-year-old cypress tree in Iran 's southeastern province of Yazd is to be soon protected as one of the world's biggest living organisms.
Department of Environment of Yazd Province hopes to have this colossal tree protected from being damaged or destroyed.
Russian scientist Alexander Rouf has estimated the tree's age to be between 4000 and 4500 years, and with a height of 25 meters and a trunk 11.5 meters around, this massive tree definitely deserves preservation and a chance to shine on the list of world heritage.
of other historical sites attract tourists to Yazd , home to the largest
population of Zoroastrians in Iran . Zoroaster was the ancient prophet
of the Persians who preached the peaceful Zoroastrian religion based
on humanity and goodwill, still widely practiced today in Iran .
Tehran ranks second in illiteracy
About 56.5 percent of the total illiteracy rate belongs respectively to the eight provinces of Sistan Baluchestan, Tehran, Khozestan, West Azarbaijan, Razavi Khorasan, East Azarbaijan, Fars, and Kerman.
The total male literacy rate is about 94.5 percent and the rate for the female is about 88.8 percent. The rate of literacy in rural area is 84.8% and in urban areas is 94.7 percent.
Princess Yasmine Pahlavi
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Photos by Raheleh Zomorodinia & Ahmad Nadalian
Report by Ahmad Nadalian
During last week (April 29 May 4, 2008) a new environmental art festival was held on the coast of Caspian Sea, in the north of Iran. More than 140 artists from different part of Iran gathered on this beautiful region to create environmental installations and sand sculptures. The festival also included a number of art performances. I was responsible to act as an art director.
A global artistic and educational effort has been formed to raise the awareness of Iranian Youth on their Human Rights in form of an Art Competition.