- Iranians are proud of the Persian Empire.
- Firdausi s Shah Nameh ("Epic of Kings") is a rehearsal in simple and stately narrative verse of the story of ancient Persia down to the Mohammedan conquest.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
- One of the chief cities of ancient Persia, the site of a magnificent royal palace.
Ralph Waldo Emerson -- Selected Essays
- He took part calmly in a number of political assassinations; and he turned his diabolical inventive powers against the Emir of Afghanistan, who was at war with the Persian empire.
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