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Shapur Shahbazi, Emeritus professor of Iranian Studies at Eastern Oregon University passes away


LONDON, (CAIS) -- It is with great regret that we announce passing of Shapur Shahbazi, Emeritus professor of Iranian Studies at Eastern Oregon University, on 16th July 2006 in the United States.


He was one of the foremost authorities, an internationally renowned leading figure on pre-Islamic Iranian civilization.



He founded the Institute of Achaemenid Research at Persepolis in 1973 and served as its director until 1978. He has taught at various universities (Tehran, Goettingen, Columbia, Harvard, Eastern Oregon) a variety of courses, including Iranian culture, art history, historiography, ancient history, women of the classical world, and the Middle East. He attended The West Point Military Academy in 1978 and since then has been teaching Military History for the ROTC programme and the National Guard. 


A prolific scholar, his publications include 16 books and some 180 articles in learned journals and scholarly publications, notably the Encyclopedia Iranica. Of his books, Cyrus the Great won the Book of the Year Prize, Persepolis (1976) was translated into German and French, and Ferdowsi: A Critical Biography (1991) was published by Harvard University. He has also edited the first volume of The Splendour of Iran (2002), which covers the art and culture of pre-Islamic Iran, and last year was the guest commentator in two documentary programmes by the BBC and the Discovery Channel. 


Prior to his nine-months of suffering from cancer, he served as the Advisor to the Director, Parsa-Pasargadae Research Institute (Persepolis).


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