Storm over Persia: TV Documentary

Darius Kadivar
by Darius Kadivar

5 Part British-German TV documentary on the Persian Empire from Darius the Great to Darius III Codoman. Did the Persian Empire fall because it was a colossus built on shaky foundations? For centuries the Persian Empire had existed in what appeared to be resolute stability -- until collapsing in a relatively short period of time under the military strikes of Alexander the Great. How was this possible? Greek historians claim that it was the moral decline of a whole society. In our high-tech electronic "war room", experts simulating the battles of Issos and Gaugamela make startling new assessments of the military performance of the Persians -- and of their last king, Darius lll. However Not very flattering for the latter ...

directed by Matthias Unterburg/Michael Gregor.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V


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by jeffrey (not verified) on

Thanks for the links. I think I've seen a better quality version at

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by Manoucher Avaznia on

It seems to me that documentary producers know nothing about history and geography.  In the first part the lady archeologist claims that Cyrus (The Great) brought a large fleet in Issus to invade Greece.  On the second part the speaker claims that the bloody combat between Dariush III and Alexander was nowaday a liquid gas station on the shore of the Caspian Sea.  Even a child with a little knowledge of history knows these are not true.  Koorosh never invaded Greece and Alexander never fought Iranians on the shore of the Caspian Sea; and Issus is located on the Mediterranian coast that was the western fringe of Iranian Empire.

Manoucher Avaznia

More of a propaganda than documentary

by Manoucher Avaznia on

Daarayavaoosh Jaan; or Daariyoosh Jaan;


I am so sorry to say that after watching the first part of the so-called documentary that you have posted in your blog, I evaluated this work more of a propaganda than documentary.  It is more of a Englo-American war propaganda who claim to be the heirs of Greco-Roman World and Empire.  They forgot that Macedonia was a portion of the what they call to be the Persian Empire and Phillip was a king subject to the king of kings (Kheshaayathiya-Kheshaayathyaanaam) paying tribute to those kings.  Even Christianity somehow borrowed that title and put on Christ.  Also, they forgot that it was the Greeks who set fire to Sardis before Iranians make any venture against European portion of Hellenic world.  For their information the largest part of the Greek intellectual gains were achieved in Greek colonies of Ionia that were along the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea which were part of the Iranian Empire.  Who knew in those days Iran was a dry land as it became a couple of thousand years later?  Why have they suddently awakened and try to re-write the history for their own people is more to do with today's conflicts they have with Iran.  Let's do not forget that Saddam also lavishly spent to create Ghaadessyeh and show the world (Haazaa Raas'e Rostam).  Also, for their information early Greek historians always admired Iranian  Empire and its rulers.  Even if the conquest of Alexander was as extenssive as it is claimed by the West, many historians believe the nature of the conflict was a domestic power struggle among the ruling elite of the empire.  Such a power struggle existed right after Koorosh was killed. Stories of Kaboojeeyeh and his suspecious death in Egypt are of the same nature. Koorosh the Minor, with the help of his Greek troops who were basically Iranian subjects, was engaged in such power struggle with his brother more than one hundred years before Alexander was born and was killed amidst the battle in nowaday Iraq.