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History of Iran?

Today I was at an art museum with my husband and saw some pieces from ancient Iran. Some depicted Dionysus/Bacchus and I was very confused. That made me realize my astounding ignorance of the history of pretty much every other country on the planet. (Stupid America-centric education.) I'd like to work on fixing that and I want to start with Iran.

Anyone have any recommendations, by any chance?

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Today I was at an art museum with my husband and saw some pieces from ancient Iran. Some depicted Dionysus/Bacchus and I was very confused. That made me realize my astounding ignorance of the history of pretty much every other country on the planet. (Stupid America-centric education.) I'd like to work on fixing that and I want to start with Iran.

Anyone have any recommendations, by any chance?
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I have no specific recommendations, I'm afraid, though I've read the odd biography and some novels set in ancient Persia and surrounds - not much of a history, though it did help remind me what you observed in the museum, that there's a lot of cross-cultural influence that isn't obvious from modern-day national boundaries! (I recall reading a very good manga series set in ancient Anatolia, and having several different "aha!" moments as I learned that it mapped to modern-day Turkey, that that's where the Biblical Hittites were from, that they had a long and... interesting... relationship with Egypt...)
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I'm not sure about ancient Iranian history but Anita Amirrezvani's books may give you an idea of life in Iran after it's revolution in 1979.
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The only one by Amirrezvani that I've read was *The Blood of Roses* and it was wonderful! I actually listened to it as an audiobook and the reader was an actress from Iran. I found her accent lovely and it gave such an authentic feel to the story. There was an author interview at the end and the author is from LA, if I am remembering correctly and has no accent! This book, by the way, took place in seventeenth century Persia. Google it!

Hi Firegirl!! :-)
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May I suggest James Clavell's Whirlwind?
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The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah tells the tale of the elder who runs the mosque in a small town, hankering after the simpler life before the Shah, only to be confronted with the revolution...
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Are you looking for the history of modern-day Iran, or the history of the Persian empire?

If the former, you could start here: https://www.newyorker.com/---/laura-secor-six-essential-books-on-iran

If the latter, try Herodotus.
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It may not be exactly what you're looking for - it's a biography done in the way fo a graphic novel, rather than a history book - but I thought Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi was superb. (There's also a movie).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persepolis_(comics)

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