Ancient Iran: A Discovery of the Persian Empire with Dr. Guillaume Durand

Ancient Iran: A Discovery of the Persian Empire with Dr. Guillaume Durand


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Iran is one of the most closed countries in the world today. However, it conceals an exceptional cultural heritage in particular with regard to its ancient Persian past, generally known under the Greek prism. This seminar proposes to discover this past directly on the ground.

We may have all heard of the Persian wars whether it be through Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, or possibly even Zack Snyder's film, 300. Together, we will discover the genesis, development, and height of this Persian Empire directly from the archaeological sites and museums in Iran. From the tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargades to the magnificent palace of Persepolis and the impressive royal tombs of Naqsh-e Rostam, we will learn more about the most powerful Empire in the Ancient world during the sixth to the fourth centuries BCE.

We’ll take some time to focus on some of the masterpieces of Persian art: sculptures, reliefs as well as gold and silver artifacts. We will contextualize them in light of the geopolitics of the Ancient times, in order to understand how this multi-ethnic and multi-religious Empire was able to sustain rule for 230 years over the entirety of Turkey, the Near East, Egypt, and the Middle East. 

Led by Guillaume Durand, Ph.D., an expert in history, art, and archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, who has had the opportunity to travel to Iran many times, this interactive seminar will allow participants to discover a civilization and an inaccessible cultural heritage. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how this Empire shaped both Ancient histories, and in a way, today's Iranian State.

Passionate about the regions and countries at the crossroad of civilizations, Guillaume Durand Ph.D. has long standing expertise in Ancient art and archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. Assistant dean and professor in archaeology and art history at the Institute for American Universities and the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France, Guillaume has traveled many times in Iran during these six past years in order to study the Persian Empires. He is also a tourist guide / lecturer in this country for French citizens.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 28 reviews
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L.H.
A very nice introduction to ancient Iran

This was a well-paced introduction to the wonders of Ancient Iran - not just architecture and sites but also artifacts and a useful historical overview. Very enjoyable.

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C.
Ancient Iran with Dr. Guillauke Durand

Once again, Dr. Durand delivered a wonderful seminar on Ancient Iran. It's a fascinating subject on its own but his insights always add something extra. Hoping this subject can be expanded in future !

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D.
Fantastic!

Dr Durand is excellent. Of course, he thoroughly knows his subject and has the wonderful ability of communicating it in such a way that you are drawn in such that awareness of time disappears! I learned so much in an hour and would definitely recommend and take additional conversations with him.

J
J.B.
Great Intro to Persian History

This seminar was a terrific introduction to the history and artifacts of the first Persian empire. Dr. Durand knows a lot about the subject and shared it generously, with great selection of slides. Highly recommended!

C
C.T.
Ancient Iran with Professor Durand

Knowing very little about the history or art/architecture of this region of the world, I found the presentation to be extremely informative. It was really well-organized, with excellent visuals. Professor Durand's encyclopedic knowledge about the subject really comes across, and he was so willing to entertain all sorts of questions at the end.

Customer Reviews

Based on 28 reviews
82%
(23)
11%
(3)
4%
(1)
0%
(0)
4%
(1)
L
L.H.
A very nice introduction to ancient Iran

This was a well-paced introduction to the wonders of Ancient Iran - not just architecture and sites but also artifacts and a useful historical overview. Very enjoyable.

C
C.
Ancient Iran with Dr. Guillauke Durand

Once again, Dr. Durand delivered a wonderful seminar on Ancient Iran. It's a fascinating subject on its own but his insights always add something extra. Hoping this subject can be expanded in future !

D
D.
Fantastic!

Dr Durand is excellent. Of course, he thoroughly knows his subject and has the wonderful ability of communicating it in such a way that you are drawn in such that awareness of time disappears! I learned so much in an hour and would definitely recommend and take additional conversations with him.

J
J.B.
Great Intro to Persian History

This seminar was a terrific introduction to the history and artifacts of the first Persian empire. Dr. Durand knows a lot about the subject and shared it generously, with great selection of slides. Highly recommended!

C
C.T.
Ancient Iran with Professor Durand

Knowing very little about the history or art/architecture of this region of the world, I found the presentation to be extremely informative. It was really well-organized, with excellent visuals. Professor Durand's encyclopedic knowledge about the subject really comes across, and he was so willing to entertain all sorts of questions at the end.