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Public Lecture Series featuring Sam Mehta

The Silk Road: Modern Iran and Ancient Persia

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

The Silk Road, often referred to as the backbone of history, was a nexus of trade routes that ran from Western China into the Middle East, through Persia and into the Mediterranean. The 5,000-mile route of the ancient Silk Road traveled through more than a dozen countries, crossing some of the most spectacular and inaccessible regions on earth. Sam will cover one of those countries in his presentation: Ancient Persia and modern Iran.

Mehta will share images of his journey along the Silk Road in Iran including Teheran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd and Persepolis. Iran effectively controlled the overland Silk Road. No one could travel its length without crossing the Iranian plateau, and Iran got rich by taxing the goods passing through. But sometimes, the Persians themselves became invaders using the Royal Road built by Darius. Parthian and Sassanid successors continued to improve the infrastructure of the Silk Road. Eventually the Arab conquest brought Islam. Later, Turks, Assassins and Mongols ravaged Persia for centuries until the stability of the Ottoman Empire and its Persian counterparts – the Safavids – brought an age of enlightenment.

Specifically, Sam will transport you to Iran through his incredible images with intellectually stimulating narration and experience…

Modern Iran – Teheran and its surrounding areas. Teheran is a relatively modern city with many world-class museums and sites. You will experience life on the street, as well.

Caravan Desert City – Yazd and the surrounding areas. Yazd is in a remote area relatively protected from Arab and Mongol invasions. Life and culture have prospered despite the harsh desert conditions, partly thanks to the caravan route of the Silk Road.

Ancient Persia – Shiraz and the surrounding areas. This region was home to the Achaemenid and the Sassinid empires, and it reflects their architecture, art and glory. Nearby, nomad tribes living as they have done for centuries, have made Bishapur their home. The rich history of Ancient Persia will make you appreciate why the Persian Empire became the first superpower of the civilized world.

The Golden Age of Islamic Culture – Isfahan and the surrounding areas. Isfahan became one of the most celebrated and beautiful cities of the world in the 16th century. You will experience the best bazaars, extraordinary architecture and art, as well as life in Jewish and Armenian Quarters.

Current Affairs – Iran’s Theocracy. Sam’s assessment of the situation is based on interviews on the ground, supported by published research. He will share how the current government policies have affected life in Iran and the outlook.

Sam’s presentation will deepen your understanding of one of the more difficult-to-travel places in the world in a way that will further stimulate your curiosity.

Date: 6/1/2015

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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