Persian Fire

Tom Holland's brilliant new book describes the very first 'clash of Empires' between East and West. Once again he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own.

Author: Tom Holland

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748131035

Category: History

Page: 448

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In 480 BC, Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory - rapid, spectacular victory - had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire which stretched from India to the shores of the Aegean. As a result of those conquests, Xerxes ruled as the most powerful man on the planet. Yet somehow, astonishingly, against the largest expeditionary force ever assembled, the Greeks of the mainland managed to hold out. The Persians were turned back. Greece remained free. Had the Greeks been defeated at Salamis, not only would the West have lost its first struggle for independence and survival, but it is unlikely that there would ever have been such and entity as the West at all. Tom Holland's brilliant new book describes the very first 'clash of Empires' between East and West. Once again he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own. There is no competing popular book describing these events.

A Dictionary Persian Arabic and English

A fery dragon , اژدر آتشفشان .fire , a vulcano A temple of the magi or worshippers
, ( آتشکده or آتشیانه ) آتشگاه , آتشلك .Fuel for fire , آتش افروز or ) آتشکیره .of
fire in Persia .A fire ot taggots , آنشنهال .Fiery , hot , آتشناگ P A Elait atbāç ...

Author: John Richardson



Category: Arabic language

Page: 2010

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A Comprehensive Persian English Dictionary

Including the Arabic Words and Phrases to be Met with in Persian Literature,
Being, Johnson and Richardson's Persian, ... the Devil ; a saiyál , Red wine ; -
ātishi simābsān , The courageous man , bold , brave ; a lover ; fire sun ; -utishi
shajar ...

Author: Francis Joseph Steingass

Publisher: Asian Educational Services

ISBN: 9788120606708

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 1539

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The World`S Most Detailedand Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary.

A Dictionary Persian Arabic and English

To abandon A А آتش .atish zadan , To set on fire آتش زدن .heat آتش زمزم , atistlisar
, Lustre , elegance , beauty زر .Being dirty ( وسخ itisahl , ( ۲.n.8 of الساخ A , atisi
sard آتش سرد A / atis آتش سم sum , A -atishi Randa , Love . Pensiveness , me آتش

Author: Francis Johnson




Page: 1420

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Outram Havelock s Persian Campaign

Thus matters continued until dawn , when the Persian fire having for some half -
hour slackened , it was currently believed that they would make off ; but , to the
joy and surprise of all , as the morning mist cleared away , their army was
descried ...

Author: George Henry Hunt



Category: England

Page: 352

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Ruins of Many Lands

The sacred mountain of Ater Quedah is near the city . - - ( See Stephens ' Persia .
) At Bombay the Fire - worshippers form a large and respectable community , and
are known by the name of Parsees , from the Persian province of Pars or Fars .

Author: Nicholas Michell




Page: 394

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A Two Colored Brocade

Some of the great Persian fire temples are mentioned by name. Abu'l-Faraj Runi
of Lahore, in the late eleventh century, is by no means the only writer to compare
the tulip garden in spring to the fire temple of Barzin.” The tulips' fire then can be ...

Author: Annemarie Schimmel

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469616378

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 558

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Annemarie Schimmel, one of the world's foremost authorities on Persian literature, provides a comprehensive introduction to the complicated and highly sophisticated system of rhetoric and imagery used by the poets of Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Muslim India. She shows that these images have been used and refined over the centuries and reflect the changing conditions in the Muslim world. According to Schimmel, Persian poetry does not aim to be spontaneous in spirit or highly personal in form. Instead it is rooted in conventions and rules of prosody, rhymes, and verbal instrumentation. Ideally, every verse should be like a precious stone--perfectly formed and multifaceted--and convey the dynamic relationship between everyday reality and the transcendental. Persian poetry, Schimmel explains, is more similar to medieval European verse than Western poetry as it has been written since the Romantic period. The characteristic verse form is the ghazal--a set of rhyming couplets--which serves as a vehicle for shrouding in conventional tropes the poet's real intentions. Because Persian poetry is neither narrative nor dramatic in its overall form, its strength lies in an "architectonic" design; each precisely expressed image is carefully fitted into a pattern of linked figures of speech. Schimmel shows that at its heart Persian poetry transforms the world into a web of symbols embedded in Islamic culture.

The Fortnightly Review

So far as concerned Heracleitus , and the drawing of his knowledge from the
ancient Bactrians , Medes , and Persians , there ... The first element of this life ,
according to the Persians , and according to the Obscure Philosopher , is fire , out
of ...




Category: England

Page: 28

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Ancient History

Hoshung defeated them , succeeded to the throne of Persia , reigned for forty
years over seven kingdoms , invented agriculture , metallurgy ... The Persian fire -
worship appears to have been more refined than the idolatry of the Assyrians .

Author: Samuel Griswold Goodrich



Category: History, Ancient

Page: 552

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The Faiths of the World

Fire phy , but more especially the introduction of Chriswas regarded as the
omnipotent organ of the Divine tianity , which ... The had its origin among the
Teutonic tribes in the plains Ethiopians revered the Persian fire - god as their old
of Upper ...

Author: James Gardner



Category: Religion

Page: 8

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Duffy s Hibernian Magazine

Now , before the advent of the latter colonies , Persia , in the time of Darius
Hystaspes , five hundred and thirteen years ... to find they had not fire - towers in
Ireland than otherwise , since they professed the pyrolatry , or fire - worship ,
which ...






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A History of Persia from the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century to the Year 1858 with a Review of the Principal Events that Led to the Establishment of the Kajar Dynasty

Indeed , everything that science could suggest appeared to have been effected
by the Persians in order to prevent any ... and so soon as the Persian fire should
have slackened , to pass rapidly up the Karoon in small steamers towing boats ...

Author: Robert Grant Watson

Publisher: London : Smith, Elder


Category: Iran

Page: 465

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The Child s friend

There are parts where this superstition is said still exist , namely , in Persia ,
where about 2000 families , consisting of somewhere about 5000 and 6000
individuals , claim to be the descendants of the ancient Persian fire worshippers .






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Security and Territoriality in the Persian Gulf

... the risk of Iranian fire-power stationed on the eastern side of the Shatt al-Arab
and still having to face the Iranians at the Strait of Hormuz. In 1983 Iraq's trans-
Turkey pipeline – with a daily capacity of 1.2 million barrels – was completed.

Author: Dr Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136817247

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

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This study presents the story of successes and failures of the treatment of security matters pertaining to territorial and boundary affairs in the maritime areas of the Persian Gulf, and at the same time provides an example of the impact of territoriality on world-wide maritime security.