Fire temples were important to Zoroastrian worship from at least the Sassanid period, but determining whether they were important in earlier Persian Empires has proven complicated.
“Earlier attempts were made to derive the Old Persian name Parsa
‘Persian’ from an original Parthava which would give ‘Persian’, ‘Parthian’ and ‘Pahlavi’
a common origin. These have not received any widespread support.” [Sheldon]
Archaeologists discover graves belonging to Parthian [and Sassanid] era in Amlash [Iran] Source: Archaeologists discover graves belonging to Parthian era … More
I don’t know how I forgot to blog this. It’s based on some of the Persian Empire Tips I’ve been … More
Should Cyrus the Great be counted as an Achaemenid?
In short, Persia is the Greco-Roman name for the kingdom of the Aryan languages-speaking people.
My latest review, Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt, appears on K. Kris Hirst’s archaeology site, again. … More
A plateau should be flat, right?
Scholars emphasize that the period of Late Antiquity was transitional. There were significant changes in the class systems and geographic borders, but most importantly, religion….
The walled garden Cyrus created was supposed to provide an earthly paradise.