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One of the Louvre Museum melophore (immortal persian guard) from the famous glazed bricks friezes found in the apadana (Darius the Great's palace) in Susa (Shush) by archeologist Marcel Dieulafoy and brought in Paris. Such polychromic friezes used to decorate the Achaemenian king's palaces in their capitales of Shush, Ecbatan, and Persepolis. The royal troopers were 10000, any dead being straight away replaced explaining their name of immortals. Only persian and median nobles could access such function. They constitued sections of 1000 soldiers, armed with archs, shields, and lances, each section being commanded by officers named chyliarchs. According to Historian Pierre Briant who opposed the generally admitted idea derived from the greek historian's reports and despite their rich and colorful uniforms, these soldiers were neither a parade army nor some fastuous guard units, but elite fighters that were engaged in most of the battlefields.

Pavillon Sully at the Louvre museum, Paris, France, July 2008

Hamzeh Karbasi, Dr. Hendi, AmirBayat, and 31 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Dr. Hendi 69 months ago | reply

    Do you mean Farsi completely Patrick?
    ...
    این موزائیک که همانطور که خود شما گفته اید تصویری است از سپاهیان گارد جاویدان در زمان داریوش هخامنشی، احتمالاً ترکیبی است از کاشی هایی که در قسمتهای مختلف کاخ در ساخت نقش سرباز گارد جاویدان استفاده گردیده است.
    در واقع ممکن است کاشی های این موزائیک موجود در لوور، هر کدام یا هر چندتایی از آن از یک نقش باقی مانده باشد و بعداً باستان شناسان مانند یک پازل آنها را کنار هم چیده باشند.
    بنابراین احتمال دارد که در بازچینی دوباره ی کاشی ها ناهماهنگی در کناره های کاشی ها دیده شود.
    ...
    میزان سپاس من از شما ناگفتنی است، پاتریک.
    اینکه شما به معرفی آثار باستانی ایران اقدام کرده اید تأکیدی است بر این نکته که حفظ آثار بجا مانده از تمدن و فرهنگ و زندگی پیشینیان و نگاه محترمانه به آنها، در قید و بند ملت و کشور و مرزهای جغرافیایی نیست و این نکته ای ارزشمند است.
    سپاسگزارم
    ...

  2. dynamosquito 69 months ago | reply

    I'm afraid my farsi is poor doc, but I will make it translated by my wife.

  3. Vahid Rahmanian [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

    Immortals!

  4. AmirBayat 69 months ago | reply

    Magnificent shot and adorable work!

  5. miladyellow 69 months ago | reply

    Perfect..!
    but Darius Great's palace is not apanada, it's Apadana.
    and thank you for the note and pictures, I think you care about our history more than we do.

  6. Fo@d, 69 months ago | reply

    impressionnant !nous objet vêlez chez les France!!!

  7. la_magia 69 months ago | reply

    Sì, il passato è ancora presente,
    è evidente nella tua bellissima foto!
    Yes, the past is still present,
    is evident in your beautiful photo!
    Tracce del Passato- Traks of the Past
    post 1, comment 2


    Please add tag: "TP"

  8. Teone! 69 months ago | reply

    Sì, il passato è ancora presente,
    è evidente nella tua bellissima foto!
    Yes, the past is still present,
    is evident in your beautiful photo!
    Tracce del Passato- Traks of the Past
    post 1, comment 2


    Please add tag: "TP"
    --
    Seen in the group"Tracce del Passato-Tracks of the Past (post1-comm2)" (?)

  9. Nickmard 68 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Achaemenid Empire, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  10. Bijan1351 67 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Khuzestan Province - استان خوزستان, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  11. koorosh.nozad 63 months ago | reply

    Bonjour, je suis l'administrateur du groupe IMAGES OF OLD IRAN, et nous aimerions beaucoup que vous ajoutiez ceci à notre groupe !

  12. Ayda Ab 63 months ago | reply

    Beautiful!

  13. nima_m2008 60 months ago | reply

    Hey man this is not photo, this is love..!

  14. Hans Ollermann 57 months ago | reply

    Bonjour, je suis l'administrateur du groupe Early civilizations of the Ancient Near East, et nous aimerions beaucoup que vous ajoutiez ceci à notre groupe !

  15. Οδοιπόρος 48 months ago | reply

    Nice photo, nice colors!

  16. Metamorphosis' side. 32 months ago | reply

    Beautiful pic!

    I found out your Flickr profile due to an Iphone App: this is actually my screen picture at the moment!

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