Take a 7,000-year journey through Persia, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, as we examine how it evolved over time, from kingdom to empire to the present-day nation-state of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We will consider Persian contributions to world culture, including scientific discoveries and innovations, and will explore the cultural centres of Susa, Persepolis and Isfahan, tracing the rise to glory, the fall into ashes and the struggle to preserve cultural identity.
Our journey will take us through various religious traditions as well as political upheaval and transformations. We will also listen to the music and poetry that have helped pass an age-old culture from one generation to the next.
Note: Back by popular demand, from spring 2017.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.