THE STAIRCASES OF PERSEPOLIS
Royal City of the Achaemenids
(This episode has been re-recorded since its initial release.)
East vs West? Maybe. We're off to Iran to greet the rise of the Persian Achaemenid Empire, the world's greatest by this point in history. Between Cyrus and Darius, we'll deal with two Great rulers, but we've also got Zoroastrianism, medieval Iranian love poetry, unappetizing royal banquets, and Croesus of Lydia making bad decisions!
Even better, Yentl from The Queer Classicist drops by to bring her knowledge of Achaemenid Persia, as we climb the magnificent staircases of Persepolis.
Plus, what would a trip to Iran be without kebabs? Chicken kebabs work best when paired with tahdig, saffron-infused rice with a crunchy exterior you have to taste to believe.
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Hafez, "Ghazal 40"
Herodotus, The Histories
Lonely Planet Guide to Iran
Loveday, Helen. Iran: Persia: Ancient and Modern
Photo by user peter23 on wikicommons