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Farhang Foundation Presents Lecture Series in Iranian Studies at UC Irvine

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Dr. Vesta Sarkosh Curtis to discuss "The Significance of Iconography in Parthian and Sasanian Iran"

Los Angeles, CA, May 24, 2011 - Farhang Foundation and Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture proudly present "The Significance of Iconography in Parthian and Sasanian Iran", a lecture by Dr. Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, taking place onSaturday, June 4, 2011 from 10:30am to 4pm at Humanities Gateway 1030University of California, Irvine.

The Significance of Iconography in Parthian and Sasanian Iran

Free and open to the public, this lecture draws upon the expertise of Dr. Curtis, who currently serves as a curator at the British Museum, responsible for a collection of coins from various dynasties, including pre-Islamic Iranian coins from the third century BC until the middle of the seventh century AD.

"The Significance of Iconography in Parthian and Sasanian Iran" starts at 10:30am with opening remarks by Dr. Nasrin Rahimieh, Director of the Center for Persian Studies at UC Irvine. At 10:45am, Dr. Curtis begins her lecture by discussing "The Parthian Empire and the Iranian Revival". After lunch, the lecture continues with an exploration of "Kingship and Religion: The Coins of Sasanian Iran", followed by a brief break.  Dr. Curtis concludes her lecture with a look at the "Fascination with the Past: The Legacy of Ancient Persia".  The day will officially come to an end with closing remarks by Dr. Touraj Daryaee, Associate Director of the Center for Persian Studies at UC Irvine.

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About Dr. Vesta Sarkosh Curtis: Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis is responsible for the British Museum's collection of pre-Islamic Iranian coins (from the third century BC until the middle of the seventh century AD), which includes both Parthian and Sasanian coins. She also looks after coins of the Islamic world beginning with the Umayad and Abbasid period and including coins of the Samanid and Buyid, Seljuk, Mamluk, Ayubid and Fatimid, Ilkhanid and Timurid, Safavid and Qajar dynasties. Vesta is also involved in two major coin projects. The Sasanian Coin Project is a collaborative project with the National Museum of Iran in Tehran which aims to produce catalogues of the Sasanian coins of the third to seventh centuries AD in the collections in Tehran and London. The Parthian Coin Project is a multi-institutional project with will catalogue coins of the third century BC to the third century AD in London, Vienna, Tehran, Paris, Berlin and the American Numismatic Society New York. For more info, click here.

About Farhang Foundation: Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate the art and culture of Iranian-Americans in its widest extent. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern Californioa. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. For more info visit:

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