The word "Paradaisia" in old Persian became "Paradise" in ancient Greek.
Creating gardens was held in such high esteem that the Persian kings wished to be remembered as gardeners.
Discovered in 1931, Persepolis is one of the last archaeological excavations that dates back to the ancient world.
Humiliated by Artemesia's daring escape, the Greeks offered a huge price for her capture, but Artemesia had safely sailed home.
Narrator: Ancient Persia, fearless, formidable, unrelenting, for ages shrouded in mystery, an empire unparalleled in conquest and riches. From North Africa to Asia it was a civilization driven by a dynasty of extraordinary rulers, ambitious and all powerful. The Persian Empire created some of the most astonishing feats of engineering the world has ever seen. Magnificent palaces that rose up from barren desert, roadways, bridges and canals, but dark clouds were on the horizon. An ancient rivalry with Greece would erupt into an epic clash and change the course of history and shape the western world for thousands of years to come.
Professor David Stronach
University of California, Berkeley
Patrick Hunt, PhD
Kaveh Farrokh, PhD
Abbas Alizadeh, PhD
University of Chicago
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, PhD
University of Edinburgh
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