Showing posts with label persia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label persia. Show all posts

22 January 2013

Thrace & Thracians (Θρακι)

Published, formatted, annotated (in red) & images added by Kenneth S. Doig
The prehistoric remains in Thrace is not of great number, in comparison to Anatolia. But there is enough to have the oldest inhabited cave at Yarimburgaz in Turkey, which dates back to about 400,000 years ago. 


The mound at Hocacesme near the ancient town of Ainos has

12 January 2012

MYTHS OF BABYLONIA & ASSYRIA (PREFACE, INTRODUCTION & CHAPTER I)



PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG
By Donald A. Mackenzie (websource)


Preface
This volume deals with the myths and legends of Babylonia and Assyria, and as these reflect the civilization in which they developed, a historical narrative has been provided, beginning with the early Sumerian Age and concluding with the periods of the Persian and Grecian Empires. Over thirty centuries of human progress are thus passed under review.

During this vast interval of time the cultural influences emanating from the Tigro-Euphrates valley reached far-distant shores along the intersecting avenues of trade, and in consequence of the periodic and widespread migrations of peoples who had acquired directly or indirectly the leavening elements of Mesopotamian civilization. 

01 December 2011

EAST-IRANIAN PEOPLES : SCYTHS, PERSIANS, BACTRIANS, SOGDIANS, ETC.

PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG


from
'Ancient history of Indo-Europeans
Eastern Iranic People' (link


Bactrians, Saka Scythians and Tocharians 

Bactria: 
Bactria (Bâkhtriš): country in northern Afghanistan, in Antiquity famous for its fierce warriors and its ancient religion, which was founded by the prophet Zarathustra. If there was ever a region that can be described with the old geographical cliché that it is a country of opposites, it must be Bactria. Situated between the Hindu Kush mountain range in the south and the river Oxus (Amudar'ya) in the north, it is essentially an east-west zone that consists of extremely fertile alluvial plains, a hot desert, and cold mountains.



29 August 2011

ANCIENT PERSIAN EMPIRE


INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGE-FAMILIES


PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG


The early history of man in Iran goes back well beyond the Neolithic period, it begins to get more interesting around 6000 BC, when people began to domesticate animals and plant wheat and barley. The number of settled communities increased, particularly in the eastern Zagros mountains, and handmade painted pottery appears. 


Throughout the prehistoric period, from the middle of the sixth millennium BC to about 3000 BC, painted pottery is a characteristic feature of many sites in Iran. The Persian Empire is the name used to refer to a number of historic dynasties that have ruled the country of Persia (Iran). Persia's earliest known kingdom was the proto-Elamite Empire, followed by the Medes; but it is the Achaemenid Empire that emerged under Cyrus the Great that is usually the earliest to be called "Persian." Successive states in Iran before 1935 are collectively called the Persian Empire by Western historians.

23 August 2011

GETICA: ORIGINS AND DEEDS OF THE GOTHS by JORDANES

PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG

(as translated by Charles C. Mierow)

Preface
(1) Though it had been my wish to glide in my little boat by the shore of a peaceful coast and, as a certain writer says, to gather little fishes from the pools of the ancients, you, brother Castalius, bid me set my sails toward the deep. You urge me to leave the little work I have in hand, that is, the abbreviation of the Chronicles, and to condense in my own style in this small book the twelve volumes of the Senator on the origin and deeds of the Getae from olden time to the present day, descending through the generations of the kings. (2) 

08 August 2011

Blond & Blue Eyed Iranians

Nordic Persians. Persia was founded by Indo-European Nordic
tribes. Even up to late antiquity, Greeks reported them as being
a blond people with blue eyes.
Published by Kenneth S. Doig
 

Blond & Blue Eyed Iranians

Since I was a child I always noticed that those blond blue eyed kids at school or neighbourhood were somehow a rarity among us. They were referd to as 'foreig looking' or 'khareji looking' but they were Iranian. Even now, I've noticed other Iranians making comments such as: He/she doesn't look Iranian at all....
 
To some or I should say many, these blond and fair skin Iranians are the 'proof' of our Aryan ancestors. Once outside Iran, I noticed that this is less of a rarity among other Middle Eastern nationalities such as the Turkish, or the Lebanese, and definitely present in Iraq, Syria. Egypt and most other countries in the region. However, none of the above seem to link this to their Aryan roots. Couple of years ago a friend of mine traveled to Afganistan as part of a team of European doctors and spent almost a year there, mainly in Kabul and northen provinces of that country. On his return he told me how he and his colleagues were all amazed by the very visible presence of very blond, tall and blue eyed afganis that didn't resemble the Russian.

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