Pictorial History of Iranian Military Uniforms
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Chapter 5. Achaemenian 4
February 23, 2012
Achaemenian Persian Ring of Power granted from Ahuramazda to Shahanshah
Each Persian Emperor had to officially receive the Ring of Power from Ahuramazda (Ancient Zoroastrian God of Good) AKA “Universal Intelligence” or else his reign would have not been legitimate. At the beginning of his reign in an official ceremony, each Shahanshah would technically receive the Ring of Power from Ahuramazda through a High Priestess of the Goddess Anahita Temple. The Priestess would physically hand the Shahanshah or Shahbanu (Monarch Empress) the Ring of Power.
Achaemenid Dynasty (559 BC - 330 BC)
Achaemenian Persian Court
L – R: Eunuch, Xerxes and Spear Bearer of the Persian Golden Eagle Standard 5 BC
Xerxes in the last stand of 300 Spartans next to the Blood Battle Banner at the bay 5 BC
Xerxes the Persian Emperor in one night with the king 5 BC
Xerxes the Great Persian Emperor in one night with the king
Xerxes the Great (486 BC - 466 BC)
Xerxes was a Warrior Shahanshah. He was raised battling and killing lions in the arena, fighting hand to hand combat with Persian Immortals and learning military tactics and strategy to lead armies in battle and wars. Xerxes was one of the bravest amongst the Persian Emperors and a great Shahanshah. During his reign, Persian Empire become at her greatest extent. Xerxes was a Persian Legend
Xerxes on Persian throne
Xerxes the Great Achaemenian Persian Emperor on Horseback
Xerxes I the Great [Kheshayar Sha] (486 BC - 466 BC)
Achaemenian Persian Golden Akinaka Sword with double headed lion handle
Xerxes at the Persian Court
L – R: Xerxes, Commander, Counselor and Guard at the Persepolis Courthouse
Grand Admiral Artemisia Halicarnassus with Shahanshah Xerxes the Great
Commander in Chief of the Imperial Persian Navy with the Persian Emperor
Grand Admiral Artemisia with Xerxes the Great - Original Version
Grand Admiral Artemisia with Xerxes the Great - Persian Miniature Version
Grand Admiral Artemisia with Xerxes the Great - Painted Version
Artemisia Halicarnassus the Ancient Persian Navy Grand Admiral
Artemisia Halicarnassus the Grand Admiral of the Persian Navy
Artemisia Halicarnassus the Achaemenian Grand Admiral of the Mighty Persian Navy with her famous Messenger Hunting Falcon
Artemisia Halicarnassus and her Famous Messenger Falcon
Artemisia Halicarnassus the Persian Grand Admiral in Sea Battle with the Greeks
Artemisia AKA “The Lioness” is posed with spear, shield and akinaka.
Artemisia has her famous Messenger Hunting Falcon next to her.
Artemisia Halicarnassus was the commander in chief of the Persian Navy, a close confidant to Xerxes the Great and a great military genius of the 5 BC.
Artemisia was a Greek Persian (Greek citizen of the Persian Empire) who worked her way up from a minor royalty to Navpatis (Naval Leader), then Grand Admiral and then Commander in Chief of the Imperial Persian Navy. Artemisia was an Ex lover and close confidant of Xerxes the Great.
Artemisia was a great Woman Warrior loved by her Navban Crew (Naval Officers) and Navi Crew (Seamen), yet she was feared and despised by her Greek Enemies.
Artemisia was a Persian Legend and Role Model to All Free Persian Women.
For more information about Artemisia read:
Grand Admiral Artemisia of the Imperial Persian Navy (The Lioness)
For review of Artemisia’s Sea Battles Maps and Maps of the Persian Empire, review:
Atlas of Iran Maps – Chapter 3: Iran Historical Maps: Achaemenid Empire
Atlas of Iran Maps
Imperial Achaemenian Persian Special Forces Amphibian Navban (Naval Officer) of the Red Guards
Red Guards were an Amphibian Naval Special Force equal to today’s Navy Seals.
Red Guards were Elite Forces on Special Nav (Navy Vessel, Ship) units.
The most Fierce and Dreaded of all Red Guards Special Forces were Artemisia’s Red Guards.
Artemisia’s Red Guards were directly under her supervision, loyal to her and prepared to die for her.
The Hierarchy of the Imperial Persian Naval Red Guards were:
Navpatis = Naval Leader
Navban = Naval Officer
Navi = Seaman
Imperial Achaemenian Navi (Naval Seaman) Spearman
Achaemenian Persian Naval Seaman Soldier with Dagger in battle
Persian Grand Admiral Artemisia and her Greek Guards in the heat of a Naval Battle
Ancient Persian Navy Seaman
Persian Archers and their Greek Allies Spearmen at Syracuse Final Naval Battle 413 BC
A Naval battle scene at Syracuse where Persian Navi Crew on board of a Persian Trireme are battling the Greek Triremes
Achaemenian Persian Naval Archers (top right and bottom) and their Greek Allies (top left)
Achaemenian Persian Portable Catapults
These catapults were used both on land and then moved on the Nav (Battle Ship and Trireme) for sea battles. They were used to shoot both heavy rocks and fireballs at the enemy castle or at the enemy Trireme.
Greco-Persian Wars - Naval Battle Scene
Xerxes, Immortals and Persian Naval Forces at Salamis observing the Naval Battle
For more information on Xerxes and the Greco-Persian Wars read:
300 Spartans, the Real Story
Civilization: Persia versus Greece and Rome
Imperial Achaemenian Persian Nav (Trireme Battleship)
Imperial Achaemenian Persian Navy Transport Vessel
Ancient Achaemenian Persian Navy Scout Vessel
Ancient Achaemenian Persian Navy Transport Vessel
Ancient Achaemenian Persian Navy Ships: Scout Vessel and Transport Vessel
Ancient Persian Warrior Women Unit
Front: Achaemenian Persian Cavalry Female Commander
Back: Achaemenian Persian Cavalry Spear-woman and Archer
For more information on Ancient Persian Warrior Women read:
Famous Historical Persian Women
Ancient Persian Warrior Women Unit up close
Arteshtaran Salar (Ancient Persian) = Warriors Leader
Ancient Persian Warrior Women Unit Commander
Achaemenid Army Persian Female Warrior
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