Entries by Kaveh Farrokh

Master Archers of the Achaemenid Empire

The article “Master Archers” below written by Ḏḥwty was originally posted on the Ancient Origins website on September 18, 2015. ======================================================= In the ancient Near East, archery became the predominant means of launching sharp projectiles, replacing spear-throwing. The history of archery, however, may have originated further down south during the Upper Paleolithic period. In South […]

A Stroll Through Isfahan’s Armenian Julfa Quarter

The report “A Stroll Through the Isfahan’s Armenian Julfa Quarter” and the accompanying photos below were originally published in the Real Iran outlet on March 7, 2016. ==================================================================== New Julfa (literally Jolfa quarter of Isfahan) is the Armenian quarter of Isfahan, Iran, located along the south bank of the river Zayandeh River. Established by Armenians […]

Achaemenid Judicial and Legal Systems

The article below by F. Rachel Magdalene on the Achaemenid judicial and legal systems was originally published in the Encyclopedia Iranica on September 15, 2009 and last updated on April 17, 2012; this article is also available in print (Vol. XV, Fasc. 2, pp. 174-177). Kindly note that the images and accompanying descriptions inserted below […]

Ancient Persian Ruler Influenced Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Democracy

The article below “Ancient Persian Ruler Influenced Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Democracy” by Lea Terhune was posted on the U.S. Department of State website on March 13, 2013. Kindly note that excepting one image, all other images and accompanying descriptions do not appear in the original U.S. Department of State posting. Two comments by Kaveh Farrokh […]

Chaharshanbeh Soori ceremony of ancient Persia: Links with Spain?

As reported by the Persian-language Topnaz outlet, every year towards the end of winter approaching the spring season, a festival takes place between March 15-19 in Valencia, Spain.  What makes the Valencia celebrations remarkable are their striking similarity to the rituals of the ancient Chaharshanbeh Soori celebrations practiced in Iran: citizens celebrate by jumping over […]