How was the world's first empire born & what led to its destruction? Go back in time with The Persians: A History of Iran

How is the modern Islamic nation of Iran influenced by its ancient Persian heritage? Samira Ahmed starts her epic trek through Persia’s rich history at a 3,000-year-old temple.

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Persia, the world’s first empire, has a complex past. In this fascinating series, journalist Samira Ahmed visits historical and cultural sites across Iran that few westerners have ever seen. Focusing on the rich artistic legacy of the region, she looks at literature, painting and ancient structures to relay a tale of power and ultimate destruction. How much did this history influence modern Iran?

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