May 2019


The Rise and Fall of Persepolis:

A Wonder of the Ancient World

Lecture by Dr Shahrokh Razmjou


The Gate of All Nations, Persepolis


Date & Time

Tuesday 23rd July




Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street

London W1G 7LP


Organised by

The Iran Heritage Foundation


Dr Shahrokh Razmjou, leading expert on Persepolis, will look at the creation and destruction of Persepolis, once known as the 'richest city under the sun'. The site was developed by Darius the Great after 518 BCE, and became the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire in the heart of Persia. The construction of Persepolis was a huge project that needed advanced management and design, and Darius and his successors managed to build a city with some of the most magnificent structures in the ancient world. Founded by Darius I and destroyed by Alexander of Macedon, its splendour has continued to impress visitors over millennia, from the ancient times to the present day.


Dr Shahrokh Razmjou is a renowned archaeologist and historian, specialising in Achaemenid archaeology and history. He received his PhD in Achaemenid Archaeology from the University of London, and was a curator of Ancient Iran in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum from 2009 until 2012. During this time he contributed to the exhibition ‘Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia’. Dr Razmjou also produced a new updated translation of the text on the Cyrus Cylinder from Babylonian in to Persian. He has excavated extensively in Iran, including at Persepolis itself, and is currently teaching at the Department of Archaeology, University of Tehran.

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