The Ancient Culture in Persia


The great culture that followed ancient India takes place in the mountainous plateaus of Persia. Here, the holy book of Zoroastrianism, the Zend-Avesta, tells of the mighty Zarathustra who, following 20 years of solitude in the mountains, descends to the valleys teaching mankind to till the earth and build dwellings. Student activities include composition writing, color pencil drawing, dramatic depictions of the life of Zarathustra, and form drawings.

Form Drawings Using Iranian Motifs

The top arrangement of repetitive flowering shapes is found in the late Persian Empire circa 500 BC. The other two forms are found as architectural ornamental motifs in the first millennium AD.

  • Teaching Ancient Cultures
  • Introduction to the Teaching of Ancient Persia
  • Lesson 1 The Creation from the Zend-Avesta
  • Lesson 2 Light and Shadow
  • Lesson 3 The Land of Ancient Persia
  • Lessons 4,5, 6 Zarathustra
  • Beginning Composition
  • The Story of Zarathustra
  • Main Lesson Activities for Lessons 4,5, and 6
  • Scenes from the Life of Zarathustra
  • Lessons 7,8,9 The Kingdoms of Ahura Mazdao
  • The Sixteen Kingdoms
  • The Kingdoms from the Zend-Avesta
  • Main Lesson Activities for Lessons 7,8,9
  • Lesson 10 The Winged Ahura from Persepolis
  • Form Drawings Using Iranian Motifs