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Iran & Iranian History

Iran & Iranian History

Articles on Iran and Iranian history

The area that comprises modern-day Iran has one of the longest continuous histories in the world. Persia was once considered one of the world's great super powers and the civilizations that ruled the area have both invaded and been invaded on numerous occasions.

This series of articles on Persia begins with pre-historic Iran and the so-called Fertile Crescent and encompasses the rise and fall of succeeding civilizations including the Elamites, the Medes, and the Achaemenids, through Greek domination post Alexander the Great under the Seleucids, before the great empires of the Parthians and Sassanids followed by the Arab Conquest and the coming of Islam.

Later, the history of Persia was dominated by the Abbasids and their successors, the Turks and the Seljuks before the invasion of the Mongols and the coming of Timur (Tamerlane).

The Safavids were to dominate from the early 16th century to the early 18th cntury before the establishment of the Qajar dynasty in 1795 once again united the territory of Persia after the divisions of the Zand kings.

Iran History.

Treasures of Persepolis

Iranian History

Pre-historic Iran - The Fertile Crescent

The Beginning of the Historical Period

The Elamites

The Medes

The Achaemenids

The Seleucids (330-170BC)

The Parthians (170BC‚AD226)

The Sassanids (AD226-650)

The Arab Conquest

Persian Dynasties under the Abbasids

The Rise of the Turks

The Seljuks

The Mongol Invasion

Tamerlane and his Successors

The Safavids

Afshar and Zand

The Qajars

The Pahlavis - The Last of the Shahs

History of Iran.

Frieze from the city of Persepolis in the British Museum

History of Iran.

History of Iran

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Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Tehran, Iran, 1973.

Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Tehran, Iran, 1973.

Ayatollah Khomeini, Tehran, Iran.

Ayatollah Khomeini.

Books on Iran