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History of the Medes (Median) empire

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The Medes were an people of Aryan origin who inhabited the western and north-western portion of present-day Iran. By the 6th century BC (prior to the Persian invasion) the Medes were able to establish an empire that stretched from Aran (the modern-day Republic of Azerbaijan) to Central Asia and Afghanistan. Today’s population …

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Lost city mystery solved as archaeologists decipher ancient clay tablets

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The discovery of clay tablets in Iraqi Kurdistan has helped archaeologists unlock the mystery of an ancient lost city. The 92 clay tablets were unearthed last summer by archaeologists from Germany’s University of Tübingen during an excavation in the village of Bassetki. Stored in a pottery vessel and wrapped with …

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Mesopotamia

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Mesopotamia is a region of southwest Asia in the Tigris and Euphrates river system that benefitted from the area’s climate and geography to host the beginnings of human civilization. Its history is marked by many important inventions that changed the world, including the concept of time, math, the wheel, sailboats, …

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Zoroastrianism

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    CONTENTS Zoroaster Persian Empire Muslim Conquest Parsi Religion Zoroastrian Symbols Zoroastrian Beliefs Thus Spoke Zarathustra Zoroastrianism in Western Culture SOURCES Zoroastrianism is an ancient Persian religion that may have originated as early as 4,000 years ago. Arguably the world’s first monotheistic faith, it’s one of the oldest religions …

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Origin of The Kurds

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Origin of The Kurds By Prof. Mehrdad A. Izady Being the native inhabitants of their land. there are no “beginnings” for Kurdish history and people. Kurds and their history are the end products of thousands of years of continuous internal evolution and assimilation of new peoples and ideas introduced sporadically …

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The Legacy of Ur-Nammu

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  The Legacy of Ur-Nammu The Akkadian Empire had fallen to the Gutians and ancient Iraq was in chaos. Centuries of civilizations efforts were undone as cities were sacked, canals were abandoned and roads became impassable.  Within a short time the regions infrastructure toppled under the weight of the Gutian …

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