Parthian Empire Narrated by Terry Jones (Monty Python)

Darius Kadivar
by Darius Kadivar

Terry Jones’s determination to set the record straight on who was the real scientific pioneer, “civilized” Rome or its “barbarian” enemies.

This three Part Episode narrated and presented by Monty Python actor/director Terry Jones deals with the Parthian Empire which became the major and undefeated foe of the Roman Empire. Jones visits today's Iran and some of the major historical sites of this ancient country.

Part I

Part II

Part III

This documentary is also available on DVD at


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bajenaghe naghi

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by bajenaghe naghi on

I enjoyed seeing all the three sections. I am so proud to be an iranian. thank you for posting these. do you know what is parthian in farsi?

ebi amirhosseini

Dear Mr Kadivar

by ebi amirhosseini on

Thanks for the amzing posts,including this one.


Dear Azadi

If you have spare time to read " the rise & fall of Roman empire",you will find a lot of similarities.But,it is very difficult to find a certain answer for your question.

best wishes



by Azadi (not verified) on

How on the earth such a nation was defeated by a bunch of nomadic backward arabs?

How on the earth such a nation could not recover from the arab defeat and practically being ruled by a foreign culture for 1400 years?

How on earth such a nation with then one-thousand year old confidence subjugated themselves to a permanent defeat by arabs?

How on earth a nation so consumed by religious beliefs (as in today) could be forced to abandon their religion and beliefs then so completely for a new religion and a new god who were not only no better but far more brutal and far less morale (as we see today).

Why? How? Did gods have a hand in that plan?