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Alike for those who for Today prepare,
And those that after a Tomorrow stare,
A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries
"Fools! your Reward is neither Here nor There!"

--Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

"The empire of Babylon fell into the hands of the Persians. Cyrus, the founder of the Achaemenid dynasty, "the righteous man from the East," who seemed to the Hebrews in their captivity a deliverer sent by God, utterly destroyed the Babylonian tyranny and founded his empire on its ruins."--A Short History of Art (1890) by Francis C. Turner

"The study of Avestic and ancient Persian literature in the west began in the 18th century with scholars investigating Zoroastrian texts brought in from the orient. It was the Frenchman Anquetil-Duperron who first translated the Vendidad in 1759, followed by works of Sir William Jones and Sylvestre de Sacy, who worked on Pahlavi texts. The decipherment of the ancient cuneiform inscriptions came later in the 19th century by Grotefend of the Göttingen Royal Society."--Sholem Stein

Vestiges of the Alamut Castle (photo Payampak)
Vestiges of the Alamut Castle (photo Payampak)

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  1. a region in southwestern Iran, in particular Pars/Fars province
  2. Territories corresponding to either of the two empires ruled by dynasts from Pars/Fars, specially the first of the two

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