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Timeline of Iranian History


Timeline of Iranian (Persian) history from the age of Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrianism, through the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Ancient Iran (Persia), 700-200 B.C.

Achaemenian Dynasty, Zarathustra (Zoroaster), Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great, Xerxes, Invasion by Alexander the Great, Seleucid Dynasty, Parthian Revolt, Parthian Dynasty

Ancient Iran (Persia), 200 B.C.-1050 A.D.

Battle of Carrhae, Sassanian Dynasty, Arab/Islamic conquest of Iran, Foundation of Ismaili sect, Occultation of the 12th Imam, Lifetime of Firdausi, Seljuk Turkish Dynasty

Medieval Iran (Persia), 1050-1550 A.D.

Lifetime of Omar Khayyam, Ilkhanid Dynasty, Extermination of the Assassins, Ilkhanid sacking of Baghdad, Reign of Oljeitu, Safavid Dynasty, Safavid/Ottoman War, Expulsion of Uzbeks, Turks capture Persian capital, Persian civil war

17th and 18th Century Iran (Persia), 1550-1800 A.D.

Shah Abbas, Safavid/Kurdish War, Baloch invasion, Afghan invasion, Nadir Shah, Afsharid Dynasty, Qajar Dynasty

19th and Early 20th Century Iran (Persia), 1800-1925 A.D.

First and Second Russo-Persian Wars, Nasser al-Din Shah, Anglo-Persian War, Persian Constitutional Revolution, Anglo-Russian Agreement, World War I, Reza Shah Pahlavi's coup

Modern Iran, 1925-2000 A.D.

Foundation of Pahlavi Dynasty, Reza Shah ousted by British and Soviets, Reign of Mohammad Reza Shah, Islamic Revolution, US Embassy seized, Iran/Iraq War, Death of the Ayatollah Khomeini

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