Surveying the world of Late Antiquity from its Persian centre.
If tensions between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf lead to war, it will not be the first time.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became a lightning rod for the mass protests which overthrew the Shah of Iran in 1979, but the causes of the Iranian Revolution lay elsewhere.
Relations between Iran and Britain have often been strained. Yet the relationship is an old one, marked by mutual admiration.
Why the British government can’t reveal more about an ‘open secret’.
During the Second World War, Britain, the US and the Soviet Union worked together in oil-rich Iran. But cooperation was to degenerate into suspicion and hostility.
Iran, despite its conquest by the armies of Islam, retained its own Persian language and much of its culture. Khodadad Rezakhani examines the process by which a Zoroastrian empire became part of the Islamic world.
The monumental city of Persepolis was the pride of the Persian empire until its destruction by fire. Richard Stoneman revisits its builders, Darius and Xerxes, and their role in its construction.
J.J. Saunders describes how a Persian servant of the Mongol Khans wrote the first truly global history.
George Woodcock outlines how, by about 515 B.C., architects, sculptors, goldsmiths and silversmiths were assembled from all quarters of the Persian Empire to build a new capital, Parsa, which the Greeks called Persepolis.