Persia’s Achaemenid Empire once kinda stretched from Turkey in the west to Pakistan in the East. Its founder Cyrus the Great (circa 600 to 530 BCE), and legendary capital Persepolis (eventually razed by Alexander the Pyromaniac) may evoke a glorious past, but are no match for Hafez and Saadi in capturing the soul and passion of Iran. Few other people revere their poets like Iranians do. The mausoleum of Hafez is still packed with admirers after more than 600 years. They seek solace from his philosophical love poems, even use them as soothsayings to calm the mind and heart. Saadi Shirazi who lived a century before Hafez is similarly remembered.
|The ruins of Persepolis, capital of the largest empire 2500 years ago|
Right after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Saddam Hussein executed a proxy war against Iran, resulting in enormous casualties. The faces of the young men who died for their country are still highly visible in the main streets of many towns and cities. It’s a poignant contrast with others who sneak youthful corpses home in black body bags and high secrecy, but equally heartbreaking.
|Tributes came to Persia from far and wide|
|Hanging on in Persepolis|
在 Persepolis 的边缘
|Remembering Poet Hafez, still|
|Reading Hafez's love poems in his mausoleum|
|Fallen Heroes are not forgotten 仍然活在人民心中的英雄|
|Off-duty soldiers chatting with tourists in the park|
|A friendly cop. He won't last more than an hour in Miami|
|Remember Ayatollah Khomeini? |
If you do, you might have also danced to the stupid tune of YMCA the year he changed Iran
|All that's left of a hero from a distant past at the Sialkot Archeological Site|
在 Sialkot 考古场内一个远古英雄所剩下的所有