Civilizational Contacts Between Ancient Iran and Europe During the Classical Era (in English)

Friday November 29, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
C.K. Choi Building, Room 120
1855 West Mall, Vancouver

سلسله سخنرانی‌های ایران‌شناسی و فارسی‌پژوهی علیرضا احمدیان

برخوردهای تمدنیِ ایران باستان با اروپا در دورهٔ کلاسیک

سخنران: دکتر کاوه فرخ، استاد تاریخ و مشاور دانشگاهی آنالیتیکا ایرانیکا، دانشگاه MGU، پاریس، فرانسه

این سخنرانی مروری اجمالی از روابط تمدنی ایران بزرگ باستان و اروپا (تمدن یونانی-رومی و همچنین اروپای قاره‌ای) ارائه می‌دهد. بحث با بررسی مجراهای تبادل بین ایران باستان بزرگ (سلسله‌های هخامنشی، اشکانی و ساسانی ایران و همچنین نقش مردمان ایران شمالی)، قفقاز و اروپا آغاز می‌شود. سپس مبادلات دانش شرق و غرب از دورهٔ هخامنشیان تا پس از ساسانیان و به دنبال آن نمونه‌هایی از مبادلات هنری، معماری و مهندسی بین تمدن‌های یونانی-رومی و ایرانی مرور می‌شود. همچنین نمونه‌هایی از تأثیر میراث باستانی ایران بر قارهٔ اروپا نیز مورد بحث قرار می‌گیرد و به‌دنبال آن نمونه‌هایی از میراث موسیقی ایران باستان و همچنین مبادلات ایرانی-اروپایی در حوزه آشپزی ارائه می‌شود.

This lecture provides a synoptic overview of the civilizational relations between Greater ancient Iran and Europa (Greco-Roman civilization as well continental Europe). The discussion is initiated with an examination of the conduits of exchange between Greater ancient Iran (the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sassanian dynasties of Iran as well as the role of Northern Iranian peoples), the Caucasus and Europa. The lecture then provides an overview of learning exchanges between east and west spanning the time era from the Achaemenids into the Post-Sassanian eras, followed by examples of artistic, architectural, and engineering exchanges between Greco-Roman and Iranian civilizations. Select examples of the ancient Iranian legacy influence upon the European continent are also discussed, followed (time permitting) by examples of the musical legacy of ancient Iran as well as Iranian-European exchanges in the culinary domain.

Kaveh Farrokh was born in Athens, Greece and received his PhD at the University of British Columbia, specializing in the linguistic and cognitive processes of the Persian-language. He has authored eight books of the military history of Iran in English and Spanish with seven translations of these in Persian and Russian academic press outlets. Farrokh publishes articles in peer-reviewed journals and publications in English, Persian, Spanish and German (i.e. Classic Arms and Militaria, International Book of Dyslexia: A Cross Language Comparison and Practice Guide, Palgrave-Macmillan, etc.). He currently serves as Professor of History and as academic advisor for the Analytica Iranica encyclopedia initiative at Methodolgica Governance University, Paris, France.


About the Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies: Alireza Ahmadian (1981 – 2019) was an enthusiastic researcher, a consummate socio-political analyst, and an opinion leader on foreign policy who nurtured the virtues of diplomatic dialogue and liberal democracy. Alireza was a proud and devoted UBC alumnus, supporter of UBC’s Department of Asian Studies, and beloved member of Canadian-Iranian Community. The department renamed this lecture series in his honour in 2019. Alireza’s friends in the community have provided funding to support this series, and this generous gift will see these important academic and community engagement events supported through to the end of the 2025/2026 academic year. Read More …
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