Persia from the Earliest Period to the Arab Conquest...


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Author  W. S. W. Vaux
Publication Date   October 29, 2010
Pages  202


This volume was published in 1893.

Excerpt from the Introduction:

The history of Persia, as generally understood, may
be considered as a supplement to that of Assyria and
Babylonia, the events that have made her most famous
in antiquity having been achieved after the empire of
the first had passed away, and the second had been
subjugated by the Persians.

The small province of Persis (in the Bible Paras, in
the native inscriptions Parsd), whence the name of
Persia is derived, was bounded on the north by Media,
on the south by the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean,
on the east by Caramania (Kerman), and on the west
by Susiana. It was, indeed, nearly the same dis-
trict as the modern Farsistan, the name of which is
obviously derived from it ; and in length and breadth
not more than 450 and 250 miles respectively.

With regard to the population which occupied this
district at the earliest historical period, it is certain
from the Cuneiform inscriptions, that they were not
the original dwellers in the district, but themselves
immigrants, though it is not so certain whence. It
would lead us too far a-field to discuss here the wide
question of the settlement of the nations after the
Biblical Flood, confirmed so remarkably as this is by
Mr. George Smith's recent discoveries. Moreover, it
is not possible to fill up, except conjecturally, many
wide spaces, both of time and territory. Admitting,
however, the existence of a Deluge, such as that
recorded in Holy Writ, a long period must have
elapzed before the different families of mankind had
arranged themselves in the groups and in the districts
we find them occupying at the dawn of history.

There are reasonable grounds for thinking the
highlands of Central Asia the historical cradle of the
Japhetic race ; whether, with some writers, we conceive
this mountainous region to be the Alpine plateau of
Little Bokhara, or, with others, the great chain south
and south-west of the Caspian Sea: the first theory
suits best for a descent into India; the second for a
migration into Europe.

Iran (Persian: ایران [ʔiˈɾɒn] officially the Islamic Republic of Iran is a country in Central Eurasia and Western Asia. The name Iran has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was also known to the western world as Persia. Both Persia and Iran are used interchangeably in cultural contexts; however, Iran is the name used officially in political contexts.**

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