Item #684 PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s
PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s

PERSEPOLIS IRAN PHOTO ALBUM 1950s

Item #684

Faded blue or denim cloth-covered 12.5 x 8” string-bound album. The first page reads: “Persepolis or Tacht-I-Jamshid from the Travels of KGH, April 11 and 12, 1957”; also on the first page is a note that reads: “for the newest branch of the Heider family, Christmas, 1957, Karl Wien.” The album is filled with 36 black-and-white photos of the ruins of Persepolis. These photos measure between 1.75 x 3.75” and 4 x 5.75” and are glued to the pages, accompanied by detailed handwritten commentary on the parts of the ruins pictured. An aerial view of Persepolis is accompanied by a labeled sketch of the layout of the city. While most of the photos are of architecture, at the end there is a photo of a group of nomads. Translucent spider web patterned sheets are interleaved between every page. One photo is detached and not all pages are used.

Example of commentary:
It was called <> by the Greeks, who knew it as the city of the Persians, and <> by the Moslems, who weren’t so concerned with history.
Persepolis was built on a wide artificial platform extending from the Koh-I-Rahmat out over the plain of Marvdasht, four hundred miles south of the modern Teheran, in the ancient province of Fars. It was founded by Darius the Great late in the sixth century B.C., and under Darius and his son, Kerkes, Persepolis was the center of one of the mightiest empires in the history of the world. The Achaemenians ruled the lands of the Scythians, around the black sea, and they ruled the lands of the Abyssinians in Africa; they ruled from Greece in the west to Indian in the east.
Persepolis served as the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire until 331 BC, when it was burned by Alexander on his way towards India and another empire.

The Propylea, or Entrance Hall
After ascending to the platform of Persepolis the visitor to the royal palace passed through this ceremonial entrance hall and perhaps waited here on the stone benches which lined the hall. Xerxes built this structure as a finishing touch to the great palace built by his father, Darius.

The Tachara, or winter palace
Seems to have been begun by Darius and completed by Xerxes. Its construction made it far more suitable for living purposes than its great, pillared, draughty neighbor to the north.
On an anta of the south porch we find this inscription in the three official languages of the realm, Old Persian, Elamite, and Babylonian:
< Who created this earth, who created yonder heaven,
Who created man, who created welfare for man,
Who made Xerxes’ king, one king of many, one lord of many
I am Xerxes
The great king, the king of kings
The kind of the countries containing many kinds of people
The king of this great earth far and wide.
The son of Darius the king, the Achaemenian.
Says Xerxes the great king:
By the will of Auramazda this dwelling Darius the king
who was my father made.
May Auramazda with the gods preserve me, and what was done by me,
and what was done by my father and Darius the king
That may Auramazda preserve>>

From either side of the great double stairways of the Apadana come figures in silent relief converging in to the royal audience chambers. From the left come twenty-three groups of tribute bearers, each lead by a court official, either a dome-hatted Mede or a square-hatted Persian. They come from all the regions of the Empire, bringing gifts: a giraffe from Abyssinia, a two-humped camel from Bactria, gold from Babylon, and a donkey from India. The tribute bearers are met by endless lines of Elamite spearmen marching in from the right. These are the <> Darius’ personal troops who supported him in his first troubled years as emperor.

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