Customer Reviews: Iran the Forgotten Glory: An Awe-inspiring Journey into the Majesty and Splendour of Ancient Persia
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on April 5, 2010
Filmmaker Makan Karandish clearly explains the key role that the province of Fars played in the rise and fall of the Iranian nation under the Achaemenid dynasty and the rebirth of this nation under the Sassanid dynasty. The first DVD, about the Achaemenids and ancient locations such as Pasargadae and Persepolis, complements well other DVD productions about the Persians and these two major locations. Think for example about "Persepolis Rediscovering the Lost Capital of the Persian Empire" by Kultur, "Engineering an Empire" by The History Channel, and "Secrets of Archaeology" by Koch Vision. The second DVD, about the less known Sassanids, is probably of greater interest to those who have already watched the other DVD productions mentioned above. The rise and fall of the Sassanids is rarely covered elsewhere. In summary, the DVD set under review is a nice addition for anyone who is interested in better understanding the Iranians and their glorious past.
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on March 21, 2009
There are so few DVDs about the pre-Islamic history of IRAN! Alas!
Being so the situation, you'll love these two short documentaries, lovely made, no question at all!

If you love the PRE-ISLAMIC PERSIAN history and art, as I do, you will love this DVD set! It was very expensive when I bought it here in AMAZON. It cost, a month ago, almost US$ 50 dollars! Now, the price has been reduced. Absolutely worth having for a student of history or archaeology of the Ancient Near and Middle East, or for any fan of history.

There are subtiles in Spanish only, and the voice of the narrators can be heard in English,Spanish and Persian.
The voice in Spanish was not very pleasant. But the English narrator's voice is very pleasant.
The music of the background is mostly Persian. Just beautiful!

The explanations about Cyrus and the whole of the Achaemenidae is short but quite nice.
And the short passages about Zarathustra and his religion and symbols are just wonderful.

I really love Persia. It was a tragedy for them to have been mixed with a foreign culture and a religion so different from the sweet and gentle teachings of Zarathushtra or even sweeter, the (for some people)"strange" teachings of Mani.
Persia has been the source and HOME of those two Men of Light: Zaradash (or Zardush) and Mani, who were the founders of two world religions: Zarathushtranism and Manichaeism, and they were (in their original form) the most gentle systems of religious ideas that have ever existed.

The only way to learn about a thing or a fact in this life is going directly to the SOURCE and experience it by yourself. There is no more important authority than our own soul and our own judgement.
Few people dare to dig deep enough into the past of these two great men!

Like the shiny stars in the sky, Ancient Persia is gone forever, but its light still shines even now, in our dark times......
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on November 16, 2009
This documentary is well presented and tells the history of Iran in an easy to follow way. I recommend this documentary to those who are interested in classical studies, particularly Greek as this documentary touches on the Persian culture parodying that of the Greeks.

There are many documentaries that articulate Greek culture and have underpinnings of them being the superior culture while subtly putting down the Persians. This documentary offers an insight into the other side.

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on May 16, 2010
These disks give a great introduction to the ancient Persian empires. The first disk covers the history prior to Alexander the Great sacking Persepolis and the second covers the epochs following. Some of the material on the first disk can be found in other sources (like Persepolis: Re-Discovering the Ancient Persian Capital of Modern Day Iran and a bit in The True Story of Alexander the Great (History Channel)) but I have never seen or heard the material in the second half. The introduction to Zoroaster and the fire cults is a fascinating and mostly neglected topic.

The English presentation is very well narrated and the video/cinematography is excellent throughout.

On the down side, the entire history is a bit stilted toward the ancient Persians always being the friendly beloved leaders (like every conquered land welcomed the Persian empire with open arms) and Alexander and his army are the invading infidels. While I found it refreshing to hear Alexander called "of Macedonia" instead of "the Great", and it is undoubtedly true that he is/was loathed for his destruction, the documentary could have been a bit more balanced. Another potential complaint is that there are no English subtitles available.

Despite a couple weaknesses, this box gives a great view of a part of ancient history that is not typically taught in the west.
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on January 1, 2015
I loved this DVD and have watched it many times: four stars and not five because the quality of the image is not as best as it could be. But the structure of the narrative and the content are great and provide a view of the birth of one of the oldest cultures and civilizations we know. Fascinating and highly recommended.
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on December 21, 2010
This is definitely a great step for a young independent film maker to embark on a project of this caliber. This project has been done with much care and wisdom. I enjoyed the interviews and majestic shots of Persepolis and the decent background music. I truely reccomend this work to History lovers and enthusiasts of Persian Empire. 5 Stars...
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on January 9, 2011
I received it much more quickly than anounced by Amazon. I am very happy. The documentary is fully recommandable: it has a so much information inside. For those who want to have a clear view of the persian hitory, it is the best documentary so far.

The only weak point is the subtitle. It has no english subtitle nor persian subtitle.
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on August 24, 2013
This documentary is very well done, represents the history of ancient Iran. We enjoyed watching it a few times and do recommend this documentary to all our friends a family.
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on July 19, 2013
Very few DVD's out there on this subject. My two daughters can now get a crash coarse on this time in their countries past.
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on January 5, 2016
As advertised
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