Structures inspired by ancient Greek architecture found in Iran

June 2nd, 2008 - 3:09 pm ICT by admin  

Tehran, June 2 (ANI): Archaeologists have used geological surveys in the south of Iran to reveal rectangular formations inspired by Greek architecture dating to the Sassanid era.

According to a report in Press TV, archeologists have said that the structures located in Fars Province are part of the urban planning of the ancient Achaemenid city of Istakhr during the Sassanid period (226-651 CE).

The design is loaned from Hippodamus style of urban planning during a series of armed conflicts with Persias great rival to the west, the Roman Empire, said Ali Asadi, archeologist and expert on the archeology of Istakhr.

Hippodamus (498 BC - 408 BC) was an ancient Greek architect and urban planner famous for his designs of repeated square geometric shapes.

The wars during the first two Sassanid kings, Ardashir I (206-241 CE) and Shapur I (241-272 CE), brought Roman slaves to the country. The Greek architecture penetrated Iran through the work of the slaves, said Asadi.

Istakhr was once the capital of the Sassanid Empire but today only the archaeological sites of the city remain.

The ancient city once contained the original Avesta before it was burned by Alexander of Macedonia. (ANI)

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