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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- A team of Iranian and German archaeologists will return to the Chehrabad Salt Mine near the Iranian city of Zanjan this year in late spring to excavate the site for a second time for more information about the salt mummies, which were discovered in the 2000s.
     
    Expert from the Ruhr University Bochum and a number of Iranian archaeologists will come together to resume the excavations, which remained unfinished in 2012 due to the lack of adequate funding, Zanjan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department (ZCHTHD) Director Yahya Rahmati told the Persian service of ISNA on Tuesday.
     
    “The German archaeologists are very experienced in excavation in salt mines and it is very important for us to use their knowledge in this field,” he stated.
     
    Mummies of six men, which were called by archaeologists “salt men”, have been discovered at the Chehrabad Salt Mine located in the Hamzehlu region in the 2000s.
     
    Archaeologists estimate that the First Salt Man lived about 1700 years ago and died sometime between the ages of 35 and 40. He is currently on display at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran.   
     
    The second and third salt men were discovered in November 2004 and January 2005.
     
    The Fourth Salt Man was unearthed in March 2005 and afterwards, the exploitation of the privately-owned mine was halted on request by the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization. The Fifth Salt man was discovered in December 2005.
    Studies on the Fourth Salt Man indicate that the body is 2000 years old and he was 15 or 16 years old at the time of death.
     
    The Sixth Salt Man was discovered by chance in early June 2007 when the remains were partially uncovered by a rivulet created by rainfall. The salt man was left in-situ due to the dearth of equipment necessary for its preservation.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Oscar-winning English composer Stephen Warbeck will hold a workshop during at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in February, organizers announced on Tuesday. 

     
    He has collaborated in Iranian director Ahmadreza Darvish’s “He Who Said No”, a drama on the uprising of Imam Hussein (AS), which will be competing in the festival.
     
    Warbeck first became known for the music for “Prime Suspect” and won an Academy Award for his score for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1998.
     
    In addition, the three time Oscar-winning Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro will hold a workshop during the festival, which will be held in Tehran from February 1 to 11.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Firuzi Publications has recently released the latest work by the renowned Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi on the story of the chancellorship of Hasanak the Vizier based on Persian historian Abul-Fazl Bayhaqi’s “Masudian History”.

     
    The book entitled “The Chancellorship of Emir Hasanak” and an audio CD, which contains Dowlatabadi’s narration of the story, were published in Sabzevar, the northeastern Iranian town that is the birthplace of Bayhaqi and Dowlatabadi, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    The decision to publish the audio book was made based on a proposal by Dowlatabadi, the Persian service of the ISNA reported on Sunday.
     
    Firuzi Publications planned to finance making a sculpture of Dowlatabadi, which was to be set up in Sabzevar. However, the plan was cancelled due to Dowlatabadi’s objection. He proposed instead that the publisher work on “Masudian History”, which is also known as “The History of Bayhaqi”.
     
    “I told them ‘Why don’t you work on the ‘History of Bayhaqi’,” Dowlatabadi told ISNA.
     
    “He is a master of Persian prose… I chose this story since Hasanak has been introduced in universities and people know Bayhaqi through him,” he added.
     
    Bayhaqi (995–1077) worked as secretary at the Ghaznavid court and wrote a remarkable history of the Ghaznavids in “Masoudian History”, which is the first major prose work in New Persian.
     
    “His attention to detail led him to provide a number of intimate glimpses into the private lives and behavior of his contemporaries, as well as accounts of customs, ceremonies, and rites. He describes, for example, how Hasanak presented himself before the tribunal,” Encyclopaedia Iranica wrote.
     
    Abu Ali Hasan bin Mohammad (called Hasanak) was a strong supporter of the succession claims of Sultan Mahmud’s younger son Mohammad. Hasanak and Ali bin Il-Arslan Qarib, Turkish military commander of the early Ghaznavids, Mahmud, Mohammad, and Masud I, no doubt hoped that they would be the real power behind the throne.
     
    He was executed by hanging during the reign of Masud I. His official charge was disloyalty, which was a politically motivated charge.
     
    “The History of Bayhaqi” has been translated into other languages. An Arabic version entitled “Tarik al-Bayhaqi” was prepared by Yahya al-Kassab and Sadeq Nas’at and published in Cairo in 1956. 
     
    In addition, A. K. Arends published a Russian translation, “Istoriya Masuda” (1030-41), in Tashkent in 1962 (2nd ed., Moscow, 1969).
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of paintings and illustrations, focusing on environmental protection and seasonal migratory birds, will open at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on Friday.
     
    Organized by the Pileh Behesht, an art group concerned about the environment, a number of artists concerned about environment will put their artworks on display in the exhibit “Return of Birds”.
     
    Twenty artists were chosen to attend two workshops, in which they became familiar with different species of seasonal migratory birds and their lives, secretary of the exhibit Mohammad-Ali Hejazi told the Persian Service of ISNA on Wednesday.
     
    These artists, who were concerned and wanted to help protect the environment, were chosen by a jury panel that included Fatemeh Raadpur, Mahkameh Shabani, and Kianush Gharibpur, he added.
     
    The artists later traveled to Ashuradeh, a region on the protected Island of Miankaleh in Gorgan Province in northeast Iran, where over 130 species of birds are living.
     
    They became familiar with the birds and prepared their artworks during their two-day stay in the region, he said.
     
    Many species of water birds migrate from cold regions in the Northern Hemisphere to spend winter along the shores of the Caspian Sea.
     
    Mahshid Darabi, Homa Rostami, Samaneh Sharifi, Nazanin Abbasi, Saba Arabshahi and Mira Sedaqat are among artists whose works will be shown.
     
    The exhibit will be running until February 10 in the forum located on Musavi St., off Taleqani Ave.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – A Greek-Persian dictionary compiled by Iranian scholar Farhang Qaneifar will be published in Tehran in spring.
     
    The dictionary will be introduced during ceremonies in Tehran and Athens, publishing company Elm announced in press release on Wednesday. 
     
    The 950-page book contains 35,000 words and will come out after six-years of work and editing.
     
    “Compiling the Greek-Persian dictionary has been my second risky experience: to combine a culture which acts as a bridge between the language of Socrates and Aristotle in Athens and the language of Khayyam and Avicenna in Iran,” Qaneifar has said about the book.
     
    “Although the publication of this dictionary is not a surprising event, one can call it a bit perilous, while I admit it has its own defects,” he added.
     
    This bilingual dictionary provides the facility for users to directly translate words from Greek into Persian.
     
    The book is due to be unveiled during a celebration ceremony of the culture and civilization of Iran and Greece in Tehran and Athens, in which a number of Iranian and Greek cultural figures are expected to attend.
     
    Qaneifar has previously compiled a Norwegian-Persian dictionary.
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- The tragedy of frequent management turnover still persists at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization as a number of Persian media outlets announced on Wednesday that Mohammad-Ali Najafi’s has offered his resignation from the organization.

     
    In his letter of resignation, Najafi has asked President Rouhani to employ him in posts with lower levels of stress due to his heart problems, the Persian service of CHN reported, quoting an anonymous informed source.
     
    So far, the presidential office has made no comment about the resignation. 
     
    Appointing Najafi to the CHTHO in August brought fresh hope to among the cultural heritage enthusiasts and in the organization, which had been dismantled by inept managers over the past eight years.
     
    He was a source of positive effects in the CHTHO over the past five months that he has held the position of directing the organization.
     
    He accompanied President Rouhani in the visit he made to New York in September to attend the United Nations General Assembly.  
     
    Najafi met Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Thomas P. Campbell and several other officials of the museum to discuss bilateral cooperation between the MoMA and Iranian museums.
     
    He brought home the 7th century artifact that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had seized from a smuggler in 2003.
     
    He also paid a visit to the International Tourism Trade Fair -- FITUR in Madrid last week to rebuild the Iranian tourism industry, which has lost many opportunities over the past eight years.
     
    Five persons were selected by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to preside over the CHTHO during his two terms of administration. The first was his close controversial ally, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii. 
     
    Hamid Baqaii, Ruhollah Ahmadzadeh Kermani, Hassan Musavi and Mohammad-Sharif Malekzadeh were other directors of the CHTHO under Ahmadinejad.
     
    The CHTHO had been suffering from mismanagement over these two terms.
     
    In one case, Baqaii appointed Azadeh Ardakani, a microbiologist, to the National Museum of Iran, Iran’s most important museum which preserves tens of thousands of artifacts.
     
    MMS/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- Iran is scheduled to weigh up setting up a replica of the Cyrus Cylinder in The Hague in collaboration with the British Museum in London, the director of Iran’s Museums and Historical Properties Office announced on Wednesday.

     
    “Representatives of the British Museum will hand over the replica to me during an exhibition the museum is scheduled to hold in India in the upcoming days,” Mohammdreza Kargar told the Persian service of ISNA.
     
    Kargar said that he will take the replica to Iran and then, after a team of Iranian experts provide a plan and the necessary information for the installation of the cylinder, send it on to The Hague.
     
    The British Museum loaned the cylinder to Iran for an exhibition, which was held at the National Museum of Iran from September 12, 2010 to January 10, 2011.
     
    The artifact was last displayed in Iran 40 years ago before that date.
     
    The clay cylinder was discovered in 1879 by the Assyro-British archaeologist Hormuz Rassam in the foundations of the Esagila, the main temple of Babylon. It was transferred to the British Museum, where it was reinforced in order to increase its resistance to erosion.
     
    Considered the world’s first declaration of human rights, the Cyrus Cylinder is a document issued by the Persian king Cyrus the Great in the form of a clay cylinder inscribed in Akkadian cuneiform script.
     
    The cylinder was created following the Persian conquest of Babylon in 539 BC, when Cyrus overthrew the Babylonian king Nabonidus and replaced him as ruler, ending the Neo-Babylonian Empire.
     
    The text of the cylinder denounces Nabonidus as impious and portrays the victorious Cyrus as pleasing to the chief Babylonian god Marduk.
     
    It goes on to describe how Cyrus had improved the lives of the citizens of Babylonia, repatriated displaced peoples and restored temples and cult sanctuaries.
     
    MMS/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN -- An expert of the historical philology of Iranian languages of the “L’Orientale” University of Naples has said that he has found a few spelling mistakes in the inscriptions located in the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient capital of Persia.
     
    Engravers with a low level of literacy probably made the spelling mistakes, Adriano V. Rossi said during a seminar, which was held in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz on Sunday to discuss a new review of the royal Achaemenid inscriptions.
     
    The texts of the inscriptions were written by people with a high level of literacy, but the mistakes happened when the engravers cut the texts into the stones, he added.
     
    Rossi said that each inscription discovered in Persepolis concludes with a prayer, which is in connection with its text.
     
    Professor Gian Pietro Basello of the University of Naples also delivered a speech during the seminar and said that they have recently discovered pieces of a stone inscription at the Palace of Artaxerxes in Persepolis.
     
    A team of experts is trying to attach the pieces together to decipher the text of inscription, he added.
     
     
    MMS/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN -- Representatives from the seven countries that registered the Noruz celebration on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009 have agreed to add Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan to the Noruz file at UNESCO during their Tehran meeting.
     
    The documents prepared by the three countries were discussed during the three-day meeting, which opened on January 25, and the representatives gave a green light to the request of the countries to join the Noruz file, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization’s Department for Registration of Natural, Historical and Intangible Heritage Director Farhad Nazari said in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    The countries must obtain UNESCO’s approval for adding the three countries to the file, he stated and added that the necessary documents will be prepared to be sent to UNESCO in the near future.
     
    Noruz, the ancient celebration of the Iranian New Year that begins on the first day of spring, was registered on the UNESCO list as a common element from Iran, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
     
    RM/YAW
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  • 01/28/14--08:58: What’s in art galleries
  • Multimedia
     
    * An exhibition of artworks by Samira Alikhanzadeh is currently underway at the Asar Gallery.
     
    A collection of eight works reflecting the image of an 18-year old woman who would be 96 if she were alive today has been put on display.
     
    The exhibit will be running until February 12 at the gallery located at 16 Barforushan St. off Iranshahr Street.
     
     
    Painting
     
    * A collection paintings by Gilda Barimani will go on show in an exhibition at the Shokuh Gallery from January 31 to February 5.
     
    The collection contains 12 works on theme of women.
     
    The gallery can be found at 19 Amir Nuri Alley, North Salimi St., and Andarzgu Blvd.
     
     
    Embossing 
     
    * The Mess Negar Gallery is scheduled to showcase a collection of embossed works by Reza Abedi at an exhibition from January 30 to February 2.
     
    The gallery is located at No. 5 in the Park Prince Building on Molla Sadra Highway.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- A team of Iranian and German archaeologists will return to the Chehrabad Salt Mine near the Iranian city of Zanjan this year in late spring to excavate the site for a second time for more information about the salt mummies, which were discovered in the 2000s.
     
    Expert from the Ruhr University Bochum and a number of Iranian archaeologists will come together to resume the excavations, which remained unfinished in 2012 due to the lack of adequate funding, Zanjan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department (ZCHTHD) Director Yahya Rahmati told the Persian service of ISNA on Tuesday.
     
    “The German archaeologists are very experienced in excavation in salt mines and it is very important for us to use their knowledge in this field,” he stated.
     
    Mummies of six men, which were called by archaeologists “salt men”, have been discovered at the Chehrabad Salt Mine located in the Hamzehlu region in the 2000s.
     
    Archaeologists estimate that the First Salt Man lived about 1700 years ago and died sometime between the ages of 35 and 40. He is currently on display at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran.   
     
    The second and third salt men were discovered in November 2004 and January 2005.
     
    The Fourth Salt Man was unearthed in March 2005 and afterwards, the exploitation of the privately-owned mine was halted on request by the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization. The Fifth Salt man was discovered in December 2005.
    Studies on the Fourth Salt Man indicate that the body is 2000 years old and he was 15 or 16 years old at the time of death.
     
    The Sixth Salt Man was discovered by chance in early June 2007 when the remains were partially uncovered by a rivulet created by rainfall. The salt man was left in-situ due to the dearth of equipment necessary for its preservation.
     
    MMS/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN – The Oscar-winning English composer Stephen Warbeck will hold a workshop during at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in February, organizers announced on Tuesday. 

     
    He has collaborated in Iranian director Ahmadreza Darvish’s “He Who Said No”, a drama on the uprising of Imam Hussein (AS), which will be competing in the festival.
     
    Warbeck first became known for the music for “Prime Suspect” and won an Academy Award for his score for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1998.
     
    In addition, the three time Oscar-winning Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro will hold a workshop during the festival, which will be held in Tehran from February 1 to 11.
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN – Firuzi Publications has recently released the latest work by the renowned Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi on the story of the chancellorship of Hasanak the Vizier based on Persian historian Abul-Fazl Bayhaqi’s “Masudian History”.

     
    The book entitled “The Chancellorship of Emir Hasanak” and an audio CD, which contains Dowlatabadi’s narration of the story, were published in Sabzevar, the northeastern Iranian town that is the birthplace of Bayhaqi and Dowlatabadi, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    The decision to publish the audio book was made based on a proposal by Dowlatabadi, the Persian service of the ISNA reported on Sunday.
     
    Firuzi Publications planned to finance making a sculpture of Dowlatabadi, which was to be set up in Sabzevar. However, the plan was cancelled due to Dowlatabadi’s objection. He proposed instead that the publisher work on “Masudian History”, which is also known as “The History of Bayhaqi”.
     
    “I told them ‘Why don’t you work on the ‘History of Bayhaqi’,” Dowlatabadi told ISNA.
     
    “He is a master of Persian prose… I chose this story since Hasanak has been introduced in universities and people know Bayhaqi through him,” he added.
     
    Bayhaqi (995–1077) worked as secretary at the Ghaznavid court and wrote a remarkable history of the Ghaznavids in “Masoudian History”, which is the first major prose work in New Persian.
     
    “His attention to detail led him to provide a number of intimate glimpses into the private lives and behavior of his contemporaries, as well as accounts of customs, ceremonies, and rites. He describes, for example, how Hasanak presented himself before the tribunal,” Encyclopaedia Iranica wrote.
     
    Abu Ali Hasan bin Mohammad (called Hasanak) was a strong supporter of the succession claims of Sultan Mahmud’s younger son Mohammad. Hasanak and Ali bin Il-Arslan Qarib, Turkish military commander of the early Ghaznavids, Mahmud, Mohammad, and Masud I, no doubt hoped that they would be the real power behind the throne.
     
    He was executed by hanging during the reign of Masud I. His official charge was disloyalty, which was a politically motivated charge.
     
    “The History of Bayhaqi” has been translated into other languages. An Arabic version entitled “Tarik al-Bayhaqi” was prepared by Yahya al-Kassab and Sadeq Nas’at and published in Cairo in 1956. 
     
    In addition, A. K. Arends published a Russian translation, “Istoriya Masuda” (1030-41), in Tashkent in 1962 (2nd ed., Moscow, 1969).
     
    MMS/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of paintings and illustrations, focusing on environmental protection and seasonal migratory birds, will open at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on Friday.
     
    Organized by the Pileh Behesht, an art group concerned about the environment, a number of artists concerned about environment will put their artworks on display in the exhibit “Return of Birds”.
     
    Twenty artists were chosen to attend two workshops, in which they became familiar with different species of seasonal migratory birds and their lives, secretary of the exhibit Mohammad-Ali Hejazi told the Persian Service of ISNA on Wednesday.
     
    These artists, who were concerned and wanted to help protect the environment, were chosen by a jury panel that included Fatemeh Raadpur, Mahkameh Shabani, and Kianush Gharibpur, he added.
     
    The artists later traveled to Ashuradeh, a region on the protected Island of Miankaleh in Gorgan Province in northeast Iran, where over 130 species of birds are living.
     
    They became familiar with the birds and prepared their artworks during their two-day stay in the region, he said.
     
    Many species of water birds migrate from cold regions in the Northern Hemisphere to spend winter along the shores of the Caspian Sea.
     
    Mahshid Darabi, Homa Rostami, Samaneh Sharifi, Nazanin Abbasi, Saba Arabshahi and Mira Sedaqat are among artists whose works will be shown.
     
    The exhibit will be running until February 10 in the forum located on Musavi St., off Taleqani Ave.
     
    RM/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN – A Greek-Persian dictionary compiled by Iranian scholar Farhang Qaneifar will be published in Tehran in spring.
     
    The dictionary will be introduced during ceremonies in Tehran and Athens, publishing company Elm announced in press release on Wednesday. 
     
    The 950-page book contains 35,000 words and will come out after six-years of work and editing.
     
    “Compiling the Greek-Persian dictionary has been my second risky experience: to combine a culture which acts as a bridge between the language of Socrates and Aristotle in Athens and the language of Khayyam and Avicenna in Iran,” Qaneifar has said about the book.
     
    “Although the publication of this dictionary is not a surprising event, one can call it a bit perilous, while I admit it has its own defects,” he added.
     
    This bilingual dictionary provides the facility for users to directly translate words from Greek into Persian.
     
    The book is due to be unveiled during a celebration ceremony of the culture and civilization of Iran and Greece in Tehran and Athens, in which a number of Iranian and Greek cultural figures are expected to attend.
     
    Qaneifar has previously compiled a Norwegian-Persian dictionary.
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- The tragedy of frequent management turnover still persists at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization as a number of Persian media outlets announced on Wednesday that Mohammad-Ali Najafi’s has offered his resignation from the organization.

     
    In his letter of resignation, Najafi has asked President Rouhani to employ him in posts with lower levels of stress due to his heart problems, the Persian service of CHN reported, quoting an anonymous informed source.
     
    So far, the presidential office has made no comment about the resignation. 
     
    Appointing Najafi to the CHTHO in August brought fresh hope to among the cultural heritage enthusiasts and in the organization, which had been dismantled by inept managers over the past eight years.
     
    He was a source of positive effects in the CHTHO over the past five months that he has held the position of directing the organization.
     
    He accompanied President Rouhani in the visit he made to New York in September to attend the United Nations General Assembly.  
     
    Najafi met Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Thomas P. Campbell and several other officials of the museum to discuss bilateral cooperation between the MoMA and Iranian museums.
     
    He brought home the 7th century artifact that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had seized from a smuggler in 2003.
     
    He also paid a visit to the International Tourism Trade Fair -- FITUR in Madrid last week to rebuild the Iranian tourism industry, which has lost many opportunities over the past eight years.
     
    Five persons were selected by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to preside over the CHTHO during his two terms of administration. The first was his close controversial ally, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii. 
     
    Hamid Baqaii, Ruhollah Ahmadzadeh Kermani, Hassan Musavi and Mohammad-Sharif Malekzadeh were other directors of the CHTHO under Ahmadinejad.
     
    The CHTHO had been suffering from mismanagement over these two terms.
     
    In one case, Baqaii appointed Azadeh Ardakani, a microbiologist, to the National Museum of Iran, Iran’s most important museum which preserves tens of thousands of artifacts.
     
    MMS/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- Iran is scheduled to weigh up setting up a replica of the Cyrus Cylinder in The Hague in collaboration with the British Museum in London, the director of Iran’s Museums and Historical Properties Office announced on Wednesday.

     
    “Representatives of the British Museum will hand over the replica to me during an exhibition the museum is scheduled to hold in India in the upcoming days,” Mohammdreza Kargar told the Persian service of ISNA.
     
    Kargar said that he will take the replica to Iran and then, after a team of Iranian experts provide a plan and the necessary information for the installation of the cylinder, send it on to The Hague.
     
    The British Museum loaned the cylinder to Iran for an exhibition, which was held at the National Museum of Iran from September 12, 2010 to January 10, 2011.
     
    The artifact was last displayed in Iran 40 years ago before that date.
     
    The clay cylinder was discovered in 1879 by the Assyro-British archaeologist Hormuz Rassam in the foundations of the Esagila, the main temple of Babylon. It was transferred to the British Museum, where it was reinforced in order to increase its resistance to erosion.
     
    Considered the world’s first declaration of human rights, the Cyrus Cylinder is a document issued by the Persian king Cyrus the Great in the form of a clay cylinder inscribed in Akkadian cuneiform script.
     
    The cylinder was created following the Persian conquest of Babylon in 539 BC, when Cyrus overthrew the Babylonian king Nabonidus and replaced him as ruler, ending the Neo-Babylonian Empire.
     
    The text of the cylinder denounces Nabonidus as impious and portrays the victorious Cyrus as pleasing to the chief Babylonian god Marduk.
     
    It goes on to describe how Cyrus had improved the lives of the citizens of Babylonia, repatriated displaced peoples and restored temples and cult sanctuaries.
     
    MMS/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN -- Norwegian theater artists shared their experience in performing the works of the world famous Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) with their Iranian counterparts.
     
    Norwegian actress Juni Dahr, musician Chris Poole and theater coordinator Martina Sguazzin held a workshop for a number of female Iranian theater students at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Wednesday.
     
    The Norwegian troupe came to Iran to take part in the 32nd Fajr International Theater Festival, which is currently underway in Tehran.
     
    Dahr performed her monodrama “Ibsen’s Women-Put an Eagle in a Cage” at the Nazerzadeh-Kermani Hall of the Iranshahr Theater Complex on Thursday and Friday.
     
    The play explores six female characters in Henrik Ibsen’s works. During the play Dahr has encounters with Hilde, Hedda, Mrs. Alving, Nora, Ellida and Hjordis.
     
    Over twenty female Iranian students along with theater scholar Farindokht Zahedi, stage directors Nassim Adabipur and Samaneh Zandinejad attended the workshop. 
     
    During the event, Dahr explained about Norwegian culture and her own interest in performing Ibsen’s works.
     
    Ibsen is a realist dramatist whose characters are inspired by real characters in society, Dahr said during the workshop.
     
    She called Ibsen a social critic, whose characters are like mirrors in front of the actors during the play.  
     
    She pointed to Ibsen’s famous play “A Doll’s House” saying that it is a social criticism that talks about freedom.
     
    Gender is not an important issue in Ibsen’s plays since he believed in the freedom of the human spirit, Zahedi added during the event.
     
    Freedom has different meanings in different parts of world, Poole mentioned during the workshop.
     
    However, he said that Ibsen’s plays can satisfy these different aspects of freedom for audiences from different parts of world.
     
    Henrik Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theater director and poet. He is often referred to as “the father of realism” and is one of the founders of Modernism in theater. 
     
    SB/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN – A novel focusing on the occupation of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union has recently been republished in Iran.
     
    Written by Javad Mojabi, the book “City under Occupation” was first published in 1987. Afraz released the second edition last week.
     
    “The story takes place in Afghanistan at the time of the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 by troops from the Soviet Union” Mojabi told the Persian service of ISNA on Friday.
     
    The novel tells how invasion affects the identity of the citizens; it also reflects the resistance of people against the enemy, he added.
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- President Hassan Rouhani accepted on Thursday the resignation of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) Director Mohammad-Ali Najafi and appointed Masud Soltanifar, a member of the Tehran City Council, to the organization. 
     
    In a letter published by the presidential office, Rouhani said that he accepted the resignation due to Najafi’s insistence and for his health.
     
    In his letter of resignation, Najafi, who is suffering from heart problems, asked President Rouhani to employ him in posts with lower levels of stress.
     
    President Rouhani appointed Najafi as the secretary of the Economic Coordination Office.
     
    Najafi was appointed to the CHTHO on August 17, 2013. Analysts and Iranian cultural heritage enthusiasts believed that Najafi could be the key to solve many problems caused by mismanagement of the organization over the past eight years.
     
    MMS/YAW
    END

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