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Lecture at LACMA: Darius III, the last of the Achaemenids


Source: Farhang Foundation, Los Angeles

Lecture by renowned scholar offers glimpse at the last king of the Achaemenid Empire

Farhang Foundation invites the public to attendDarius III, the Last of the Achaemenids, a lecture by Professor Pierre Briant, onSunday, November 20, 2011 at 2pm, inside the Leo S.Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Pierre Briant, a Professor of History and Civilization of the Achaemenid World at the College de France, will speak about Darius III, the last king of the Achaemenid Empire, who confronted the Macedonian invasion.

Sponsored by Farhang Foundation and Art of the Middle East Contemporary, Darius III, the Last of the Achaemenids is free and open to the public.

LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. For directions and parking, visit

To learn more about this lecture and Farhang Foundation's upcoming programming, visit

About Pierre Briant
Professor Pierre Briant was born in Angers, western France. He is an Iranologist and Professor of History and Civilization of the Achaemenid World at the College de France since 1999. Pierre Briant has published widely on the history of the Persian Empire and its different aspects. He is the editor of a series of publications named Persika devoted to the study of the Achaemenid civilization in its totality. He also initiated the important website; including an Achaemenid virtual museum. Pierre Briant is the author of the book: De Cyrus à Alexandre. Histoire de l'empire perse (translated into English and Persian), Paris, 1996. His recent book on Darius III (Darius III dans l'ombre d'Alexandre, Paris, 2003), sheds a new light on the less known last king of the Achaemenid Empire confronting the Macedonian invasion.

Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography and represent Los Angeles's uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin
American, European, and American art, as well as a contemporary museum on its campus. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing Transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection.

About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture.

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