Guide to the pages on this site
Iran, the world's first superpower



Links to a wide range of web sites dealing with Iranian history and culture.

Encyclopaedia Iranica
The Encyclopaedia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilisation in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

A comprehensive hub in French and English for access to research on the Achaemenids

The Persepolis Fortification Archive
The University of Chicago's expanding database of information about the PFA tablets. The most recently researched and translated tablets are published here.

The British Museum
Contains a large collection of Persian antiquities

The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
A website dedicated to the the study of ancient Iran and Iranian civilisation

The Iran Chamber Society
The Chamber's website is portal to explore the art, culture and history of Iran.

Ancient India and Iran Trust

The only independent charity concerned with the study of early India, Iran & Central Asia, promoting both scholarly research & popular interest in the area. We have a library of over 25,000 volumes and organise a range of activities including conferences, public lectures and visiting fellowships. Our primary interest has been in prehistory, archaeology, art history and ancient languages, but this often extends to more modern topics and other disciplines.


A personal collection of essays and pictures illustrating the culture and history of Iran

Persepolis 3D
Virtual visit to Persepolis in 3D.


Excellent inventory of all Parthia-related coinage.


Very comprehensive library of material relating to the Sasanians, from University of Irvine, California


Contains well over a hundred articles on Persian places, people, ideas and events from the Achaemenid and Macedonian periods.

Map of Medieval trade route networks. Shows all major routes in the Afro-Eurasian world just before the Mongol invasions. Description here.

Photos of the Silk Road. Twitter feed with brilliant photographs.


Iran, the world's first superpower, was written and built by Loxias (Andrew Wilson). See also The Classics Pages; The Romans