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Pre-Islamic Persia

Medes, the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sasanian EmpiresCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Iran persepolis ancient, architecture buildings.
Iran, or Persia, is home to one of the world's oldest major civilizations, with first known urban settlements dating back to 7000 BC. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel names the Persians as the first Historical People. The Persian civilization begins in the Iron Age. The First Persian Empire was the only civilization in all of history to connect over 40% of the global population, accounting for approximately 49.4 million of the world's 112.4 million people in around 480 BC. They were succeeded by the Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian Empires, who successively governed Iran for almost 1000 years.
The Muslim conquest of Persia (633–656) ended the Sasanian Empire of classical antiquity and was a turning point in Iranian history. Islamization of Iran took place during the eighth to tenth centuries and led to the eventual decline of Zoroastrianism in Iran as well as many of its dependencies. The achievements of the previous Persian civilizations were to a great extent absorbed by the new Islamic civilization.
Persia's arch-rival was the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire.
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Perzië, Perzisch antiek relief met ruiters
Nimrod supervising the building of the Tower of Babel
Cyrus, king of Persia, sees a vine coming from the mouth of his sleeping daughter(?)
Cyrus, king of Persia, orders a temple to be built in Jerusalem
Antiochus IV Epiphanes is unable to take a Persian city (Elimais, Persepolis)
Cyrus, king of Persia, proclaims the end of the Babylonian Captivity and orders a temple to be built in Jerusalem
Tower of Babel and Zoroaster from BL YT 28, f. 51

Tower of Babel and Zoroaster from BL YT 28, f. 51

Miniature of the building of the Tower of Babel; miniature of Zoroaster with two demons, from Pseudo-Aristotle's Secreta secretorum. Image taken from f. 51 of Secreta secretorum (ff. 1-43); Il Tesoro (translati... More

Zoroaster from BL YT 28, f. 51

Zoroaster from BL YT 28, f. 51

Detail of a mminiature of Zoroaster with two demons, from Pseudo-Aristotle's Secreta secretorum. Image taken from f. 51 of Secreta secretorum (ff. 1-43); Il Tesoro (translation of Li Livres dou Tresor) (ff. 43v... More

Cyrus, king of Persia, proclaims the end of the Babylonian Captivity and orders a temple to be built in Jerusalem; the Jews rebuild the walls of Jerusalem
Darius is offered the crown of Persia
Xerxes from BL Royal 14 E V, f. 139

Xerxes from BL Royal 14 E V, f. 139

Miniature of the death of Xerxes, with a partial border containing the arms of Richard IV and a shield with a white rose of the York family, at the beginning of chapter 6 of book 3. Image taken from f. 139 of D... More

Xerxes from BL Royal 14 E V, f. 139

Xerxes from BL Royal 14 E V, f. 139

Detail of a miniature of the death of Xerxes, at the beginning of chapter 6 of book 3. Image taken from f. 139 of De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et fem... More

[Khosrau I (d. 579), king of Persia, seated on throne, directing Burzuwayh, the sage, to go to India to procure the Kalilah Wa Dimnah ("Book of Wisdom")]

[Khosrau I (d. 579), king of Persia, seated on throne, directing Burzu...

Woodcut frontis. Illus. in: Kalilah wa-Dimnah. German: Directorium Humanae vitae. German. Ulm, Lienhart Holle, May 28, 1483. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: I... More

Detail van een bas-reliëf nabij de ruïnes van het paleis van Darius, Persepolis, Perzië
Heilige Jonas en Heilige Barachisius van Perzië, Heilige Johannes Climacus, Heilige Benjamin van Koerdistan, Heilige Quirinus van Neuss en Heilige Balbina van Rome (29-31 maart)
Alexander de Grote rouwt om de dood van koning Darius III van Perzië
Gezicht op ruìnes in Persepolis, Iran
Perzië, Kotal Pirizan, Shiraz-Bushire landschap
Alexander de Grote rouwt om de dood van koning Darius II van Perzië
Gezicht op de ruïnes van het paleis van de Perzische koning Darius te Persepolis
Xerxes II., König von Persien
Cyrus der Ältere, Großkönig von Persien
Artaxerxes I., König von Persien
Cyrus der Ältere, Großkönig von Persien
Darius I. König von Persien
Darius III. König von Persien
Smerdis, der falsche, König von Persien
Darius I. König von Persien
Darius II. König von Persien
Cyrus der Ältere, Großkönig von Persien
Gevel in een rots uitgehouwen te Tschehelminar, Perzië
Perzische Sibille
Perzische sibille, 17th century
Kaart van het Perzische Rijk
Persarum imperium. Historic map, Library of Congress

Persarum imperium. Historic map, Library of Congress

Shows Iran and adjacent counties. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image.

Perzische begrafenisrituelen, Rijksmuseum, Netherlands
Perzische huwelijksplechtigheid en doopceremonie
Voorstellingen van Perzische priester
Perzische tempel en grafmonumenten
Landschap met Perzische huizen
A new & accurate map of Persia, with the adjacent countries : drawn from the most approved modern maps &c, the whole being regulated by astronl. observations /

A new & accurate map of Persia, with the adjacent countries : drawn fr...

Relief shown pictorially. Has ornamental cartouche. From: Bowen's A complete system of geography. London : Printed for W. Innys, R. Ware [etc.], 1747. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as ... More

Bas-reliëf bij de Boog van de Tuin (Tahkt-i-Bustan), Kirmanshah, Perzië
Johann Baptist Homann - Verschiedene propspecte der vornemsten stadten in Persien /

Johann Baptist Homann - Verschiedene propspecte der vornemsten stadten...

Aerial views for 14 cities in Persia and Central Asia. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.

architecture from "[Indian Antiquities: or, Dissertations relative to the ancient geographical divisions, the ... primeval theology, the grand code of civil laws, the original form of government, and the ... literature of Hindostan, compared ... with the religion, laws, government and literature of Persia, Egypt and Greece. The whole intended as introductory to ... the History of Hindostan.]"

architecture from "[Indian Antiquities: or, Dissertations relative to ...

This image has been taken from scan 000282 from volume 02 of "[Indian Antiquities: or, Dissertations relative to the ancient geographical divisions, the ... primeval theology, the grand code of civil laws, the ... More

Zoroastrianism from "[Indian Antiquities: or, Dissertations relative to the ancient geographical divisions, the ... primeval theology, the grand code of civil laws, the original form of government, and the ... literature of Hindostan, compared ... with the religion, laws, government and literature of Persia, Egypt and Greece. The whole intended as introductory to ... the History of Hindostan.]"

Zoroastrianism from "[Indian Antiquities: or, Dissertations relative t...

This image has been taken from scan 000318 from volume 01 of "[Indian Antiquities: or, Dissertations relative to the ancient geographical divisions, the ... primeval theology, the grand code of civil laws, the ... More

Map of Persia and adjacent countries, for Sir John Malcolm's History of Persia /

Map of Persia and adjacent countries, for Sir John Malcolm's History o...

Covers Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, most of Pakistan, portions of Turkey and Syria, and the surrounding countries. LC copy imperfect: Chipped on edges. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a r... More

Persia from "Narrative of the Chinese Embassy to the Khan of the Tourgouth Tartars in the years 1712, 13, 14 & 15; by the Chinese Ambassador (Tu-li-Shin) and published by the Emperor's authority at Pekin. Translated from the Chinese, and accompanied by an appendix of miscellaneous translations by Sir G. T. Staunton"

Persia from "Narrative of the Chinese Embassy to the Khan of the Tourg...

This image has been taken from scan 000008 from "Narrative of the Chinese Embassy to the Khan of the Tourgouth Tartars in the years 1712, 13, 14 & 15; by the Chinese Ambassador (Tu-li-Shin) and published by the... More

Muscat from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

Muscat from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000495 from volume 02 of "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users of the Bri... More

Zoroastrian from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

Zoroastrian from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000565 from volume 01 of "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users of the Bri... More

Persepolis from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

Persepolis from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

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Isfahan from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

Isfahan from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

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ship from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

ship from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

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Persia from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

Persia from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

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Shiraz from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

Shiraz from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

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Isfahan from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

Isfahan from "[Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, etc.]"

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Embarcation of chariot and warriors preparing to cross a river.
A lion hunt.
The king performing a religious ceremony.
Winged figure carrying a wild goat ; Winged figure carrying a stag.
[Title page] The monuments of Nineveh, from drawings made on the spot. By Austen Henry Layard, Esq., D.C.L. Illustrated in one hundred plates.
Embroidery on the upper part of the robe of a king.
Ornaments on the robes of figures. (Nimroud) [Calah]
Warriors in mail before a besieged city.
Winged figure holding a branch;  A king in his robes.
The fore-parts of two human-headed lions with human arms.
A winged human-headed lion. (Nimroud) [Calah].
The king seated on his throne attended by eunuchs and winged figures.
Hall in Assyrian palace, restored.
Warriors fighting in chariots.
King  crossing a river.
A subject people bringing tribute.
Two winged figures wearing the horned cap.
Embroidery on the breast of a king.
Triumphal return of Assyrian warriors from battle.
Winged figures kneelling before the sacred tree. (Nimroud) [Calah]
Embroidery on the upper part of the robe of a king.
The seige of a castle.
Prisoners brought before the king.
Ornaments [on the robes of a eunuch].
The king standing over the prostrate bull.
The siege of a city.
Dedication To His Excellency the right honorable Sir Stratford Canning, G.C.B. Her Mejesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Sublime Porte, to whom the Nation is indebted for the Assyrian remains in the British Museum …
The king in the chariot before a besieged city.
Fugitives crossing a river to a castle.
Warriors in armour fighting in chariots.
Assyrian warriors in battle.
Ornaments [on the robe of a King]: 1. Lion contending with two wild bulls ; 2. Gazelle between two griffins ; 3. Lappet of a king's tiara.
Assyrian warriors on horseback.
The king hunting the wild bull.
Winged figure ; Nisroch or the eagle headed divinity.
Warriors pursuing a wild bull.
A winged human-headed bull. (Nimroud) [Calah].
The king before a besieged castle -- the battering-ram making a breach in the walls.
The king before the walls of a besieged city.
Triumphal return of the king from battle.
Boog van de Tuin (Tahkt-i-Bustan), Kirmanshah, Perzië
Detail van bas-reliëf bij de Boog van de Tuin (Tahkt-i-Bustan), Kirmanshah, Perzië
Perzië, Shiraz, Baghi Jacht panorama over hof en velden
Persia and Cabool / Historic map, Library of Congress

Persia and Cabool / Historic map, Library of Congress

Relief shown in hachures. In upper right corner: National atlas, 25. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image.

Tak-i Bostan. Une des figures de la chasse aux sangliers (grandeur de l'exécution.)
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