Ancient Engineering in Persian Empire

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What’s it about?

If you had lived in the 6th century, the Persian Empire was probably the best place to do it.

The Empire was progressive, a melting pot of cultures with freedom of religion. Slavery was forbidden and women enjoyed liberty and could attain high management positions. The Empire built roads and infrastructure, encouraging trading innovation and creating wealth. Despite very challenging weather, it also cultivated the most beautiful gardens.

From irrigation systems to naturally sustainable houses and from metallurgy to excellent artisan works, Persians has lots of perks because of the ways they have made their challenging environment livable.

Being one of the initiators in mathematics and being exposed to different cultures and civilizations as a result of being located in the center of the ancient silk road, are the main reasons for traditional engineering to flourish in ancient Persia.

Complex structures such as Qanats, windcatchers, water mills, windmills, traditional hamams are only few simplest examples among hundreds of innovations that are still visible at every corner of the country.

On this free event, we explore this artistic, moral, and technical heritage of ancient Persia. Join us to enjoy and share some insights about engineering in ancient Persia.

Who’s telling the story?

Bahman started guiding tours as a teenager, guiding groups on Iranian mountain trails. It was a passion instilled by his parents who took him along in their adventures in nature and told him all sorts of stories about people and places we visited. This made him realise there is a lot more to a place we visit than what we initially see and to this day, this is what he strives for in his tours: getting to those deeper stories and cultural aspects of the place he takes people to.

While working as a product manager, he continued hosting tours and earned official training in eco-tourism and cultural guidance. His experience as an engineer has greatly impacted the organization and management of his tours.

As of 2013, he has been living and working in Melbourne where he founded Culture Quest Tours to shift his focus fully to tourism. He’s been proving day tours of the city’s natural and cultural attractions for years and now he’s working on expanding to other places around the world via online experiences starting from his home country of Iran.