Achaemenid Nowruz! 2020 Holiday Special

A lion attacking a bull, looking back on the lion. Possibly a symbol of eternity or cyclical time at Persepolis.

To celebrate the Persian New Year’s festival of Nowruz, check out the 2nd Sort-of Annual Holiday Special, exploring the New Year’s celebrations of the Achaemenid Empire. Called Navasarda at that time, many of the traditions associated with the modern holiday were still developing during the Achaemenid period. The origins and original purpose of the holiday season are hazy and changed and developed as Iranian society evolved over centuries.
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