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Bronze miniature of a rider in Median dress with akinakes (short sword). Achaemenid 6th-4th century BC. Iran, British museum.

Bronze miniature of a rider in Median dress with akinakes (short sword). Achaemenid 6th-4th century BC. Iran, British museum.

The Mede (L) belonged to an Iranic empire which reached its glory in the 7th C. BCE preceding the Persian Empire. Their priests were the "Magi" (a pre-Zoroastrian Mazdaism or Mithra worshipping religion)  Later the reforms of Zarathustra spread in w. Iran. The word paradise is derived from the Median language. Persepolis

The Mede (L) belonged to an Iranic empire which reached its glory in the 7th C. BCE preceding the Persian Empire. Their priests were the "Magi" (a pre-Zoroastrian Mazdaism or Mithra worshipping religion) Later the reforms of Zarathustra spread in w. Iran. The word paradise is derived from the Median language. Persepolis

Gold statuette of bearded man; cast and chased; thin face with small straight nose, hair cut short across the forehead; Achaemenid 5th cent BC British Museum

Gold statuette of bearded man; cast and chased; thin face with small straight nose, hair cut short across the forehead; Achaemenid 5th cent BC British Museum

Golden head of a horse rhyton, from the Sassanid Empire, 6-7th century AD.  Courtesy & currently located at the Reza Abbasi Museum, Iran.

Golden head of a horse rhyton, from the Sassanid Empire, 6-7th century AD. Courtesy & currently located at the Reza Abbasi Museum, Iran.

A Parthian stucco relief of an infantryman, from the walls of Zahhak Castle, East Azarbaijan Province, Iran

A Parthian stucco relief of an infantryman, from the walls of Zahhak Castle, East Azarbaijan Province, Iran

Pantea (strong and immortal)  Commander of the Immortal Guards, Achaemenids Dynasty. An important and sensitive military commander of Cyrus the Great, wife of General Aryasb the Achaemenid's Arteshbod (General).

Pantea (strong and immortal) Commander of the Immortal Guards, Achaemenids Dynasty. An important and sensitive military commander of Cyrus the Great, wife of General Aryasb the Achaemenid's Arteshbod (General).

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