Ancient History Encyclopedia has a new name!

We are now World History Encyclopedia to better reflect the breadth of our non-profit organization's mission. Learn More

Search Results

Search

Ancient Persian Gods, Heroes, and Creatures - The Complete List
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Ancient Persian Gods, Heroes, and Creatures - The Complete List

The term 'mythology' comes from the Greek mythos (story-of-the-people) and logos (word or speech), meaning the spoken story of a people. Every civilization of the ancient world developed a belief system, which is characterized as 'mythology' in...
Inventions & Innovations of Ancient Persia
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Inventions & Innovations of Ancient Persia

Ancient Persian culture contributed many of the aspects of the modern world which people simply take for granted as having always existed. The designation “Persia” comes from the Greeks – primarily standardized by the historian...
Another Ariamanus Statue Found: The Evil Spirit of Mithraic Religion
Article by Touraj Daryaee

Another Ariamanus Statue Found: The Evil Spirit of Mithraic Religion

It is rare when a new find creates renewed interest in an old subject. Here, the new find is a leontocephaline (lion-headed) figure of unknown provenance, weighing 5.8 kg and 37 cm in height with a width of 14 cm. Its base is partially broken...
Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Persia
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Persia

A vision of the afterlife is articulated by every culture, ancient or modern, in an effort to answer the question of what happens after death, and this was as true for the ancient Persian view of the afterlife as for any other ancient civilization...
no image
Article by Michael Lambrou

Theon of Alexandria and Hypatia

In this paper we present the story of the most famous ancient female mathematician, Hypatia, and her father Theon of Alexandria. The mathematician and philosopher Hypatia flourished in Alexandria from the second part of the 4th century...
The World of Parsi Cooking: Interview with Niloufer Mavalvala
Article by James Blake Wiener

The World of Parsi Cooking: Interview with Niloufer Mavalvala

In this exclusive interview, Niloufer Mavalvala, author of The Art of Parsi Cooking: Reviving an Ancient Cuisine, speaks to James Blake Wiener of Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) once again about the joys of Parsi cuisine and her new title...
Overview of Ancient Persia
Video by Khan Academy

Overview of Ancient Persia

This brief video explains the origin of the terms "Persia" and Zoroastrianism. It also puts the Median, Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian and Sassanian Empires in context.
Zoroaster Biography
Video by CloudBiography

Zoroaster Biography

Zoroaster Zoroaster, thought to be of Persian origin, founded the religion and philosophy of Zoroastrianism. http://www.cloudbiography.com See a related article at Britannica.com: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/658060/Zoroaster...
Faravahar at Persepolis
Image by Napishtim

Faravahar at Persepolis

Stone carved Faravahar in Persepolis. Faravahar is one of the best-known symbols of Zoroastrianism, the state religion of ancient Iran.
A Faravahar symbol in a Fire Temple
Image by ninara

A Faravahar symbol in a Fire Temple

A Faravahar or Frawahr symbol in a Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd, Iran, one of the symbols adopted by Zoroastrianism. This symbol represents a winged guardian or fravashi, an angelic being of the Zoroastrian religion.