Professor Dr. Parviz Rajabi, historian, Iranologist, linguist, writer, translator and the late Supervisor of Iranology Research Department of National University before revolution; Professor of Iranology in Goetingen and Marburg in Germany; and the late Director of Iranistic Section of Great Encyclopedia after revolution.
Rajabi, Parviz. Lost Millenia, 5 Vols. Tehran: Toos, 2001.
Lost Millenia is a general title for a collection of 5 books on different stages of Iranian History, Culture, and Civilization. The book is one of the most complete, analytical and comprehensive works written unto this time about Iranian History.
The first Vol. itself includes two parts: the first section deals with Zoroaster, the intelligent Master and teacher; his brilliant book Avesta and the role of Wisdom, Toleration, Peace and Golden Triangle of Good Thought, Good Speech, Good Deed; there are categories such as Fire; as the source of life and the symbol of Light: Big Bang; Seven Archangels; Iranian Fests; Generosity of Animals; Women Honor and Freedom; Critics on Zurvanism by great Armenian Scholar Eznick in the second section.
The second Vol. proceedes The Achamenids contains 6 sections under the chapter headings of 1. Ancient Iranian Neighbours: Ashurians; Different National Tribes and their sovereignty: Elamites, Meads; 2. Syrus the Great: Nobility and Novelty and Found the Golden Age; 3. Pasargad: Cultural – Monumental Fortress; Iranian Political and Economic Condition; 4. King Cambudjia, the last King of Achamenids; 5. Dariush the Great: Flourishment of Iran and The Golden Age; Persepolis; Social and Administrative System in the era of Dariush.
The third Vol. in two parts precedes the rise of Xeroxes to fall of Achamenides. The first: consists of ten chapters and a supplement on different subjects in the Xerxes period, inside and outside country and important reports of famous historians such as Herodutes Xenephon and Plutarch. The second: analytical study of the relations in respect to first part is mostly engages in the Kingdom, Society and Culture. This part has also aditional section under the name of “The first historical essay on Iranian Monuments”. It is worth mentioning that reader will find a new and attractive discussion in these parts titled: Pharaphrazes to the History.
The fourth Vol. consists of two parts and a prefatory remarks; This volume deals with the political history of two different pre – Islamic dynasties, Solucides and Partians, separately and analytically, but in the case of Partians, due to its greatness and crucial role as the lost chain of civilization in the history of Iran (flowrishing and ruling for 476 years!) and the absence of the resources for studying this dynasty, the book meditates on Partians independently to reconsider its social history under the titles such as Agriculture; Culture and Art; Artisans; Economy and Trade; Dressing; People’s Capabilities. It is very important to mention that Partials at the same time had kinship ties with the mythical tradition of Iran.
The fifth Vol. depicts one of the most influential – although negative in some respects – dynasties and periods of Iranian history, Sassanids, which is the point of departure for pre and post Islamic Culture and also the beginning of Intellectual, National, Cultural and Cult interruption. What makes distinct this dynasty from the others and what distinguishes this era from all other ages, is that we can find out at the same time contradictory elements which one hand hold and preserve this magnificent Civilization, and on the other, give rise to the so-called interruption and alienation of the nation with their unique and glorious culture and history. In fact, with the Sassanids man can witness simultaneously the rise and fall of nobility of thought, speech and deed. Moreover, we can presume that clergymen (Mobads) had more negative role to misuse and discredit the Zoroastrian Cult and Iranian Progressive Culture and the result is disruption of ideas and disservice to the people. The author to some extent deals with such matters in this volume.