002) Persia/Iran: 5000 Years in Eight Lessons

The 5000 years of history in the Iranian Plateau began with pre-Imperial civilizations that rivaled ancient Mesopotamia, and later flourished into the rule of Imperial Persia with its repeated victories and defeats over the next 2500 years. This course explores the historical evolution of ancient Persia, a powerful rival to both Greeks and Romans, and the modern-day Iran as an influential player in world’s politics and international affairs.