Art: Persian Art

According to German Philosopher Oswald Spengler (Decline of the West), civilizations are born and die like human beings, their average life-span about 1,500 years. One crusty old civilization that lived longer than Spengler's average was Persia's. In 4000 B. C. Persia got started. The Greeks and Romans, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, came & went, and still Persia was going strong. Not until the 18th Century, after some 6,000 continuous years of art, culture and prosperity, did Persia finally bite the dust. Even then it was European commercial competition, more than her...

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