It is the dawn of history and of the dispersion of the Indo-European peoples. They are breaking their tents in central Asia along the Hindu Kush and the Pamirs, primitive Aryans with their dogs and their herds of domesticated animals. In their trek they will proceed to the farthest confines of Europe. From them the peoples of England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Russia, Greece and other will take their origin. A part will penetrate into India and another portion into Persia. They will build empires and munitions factories, cathedrals and cabarets. Some less simple-minded, the Kurds, Lurs and Bakhtiaris will maintain in Persia their primitive character into the twentieth century.
With them in their dispersion, the Aryans carry the sacred fire which they have worshiped since they became acquainted with its use. It was man's first great step in the mastery of nature. The memory of its aid will be consecrated in one of the World's great religions; its flame will never be extinguised on the great Iranian plateau, the museums of religions.
Table of Contents
THE PROLOGUE OF THE PAGEANT CHAPTER I FROM TEHRAN TO MOHAMMERAH THROUGH LURISTAN AND ELAM CHAPTER II PERSEPOLIS, CRADLE OF THE PERSIAN NATION CHAPTER III ROSE-PETALED SHIRAZ AND PEERLESS ISPAHAN CHAPTER IV THE DESERT CITIES OF KERMAN AND YEZD CHAPTER V MITHRAISM, THE MAGI AND ZOROASTRIANISM CHAPTER VI THE SHI'A PILGRIM ROAD THROUGH KHORASAN TO MESHED CHAPTER VII RELIGIONS IN PERSIA AFTER ZOROASTER CHAPTER VIII THROUGH PERSIAN AZERBAIJAN AND KURDISTAN CHAPTER IX BAGHDAD TO TEHERAN THROUGH KERMANSAH, HAMADAN AND KAZVIN CHAPTER X TEHERAN AND THE CASPIAN PROVINCES CHAPTER XI MODERN PERSIAN HISTORY IN THE LIGHT OF ANGLO-RUSSIAN RIVALRY CHAPTER XII THE MARCH OF MODERNISM IN PERSIA DYNASTIES AND RULERS OF PERSIA BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX