The University of Bologna in Ravenna, hosted an excellent conference on March 22-23, 2013 entitled “From Elam to Iran”. For more information on topics presented by professors and consult the brochure here in pdf (From Elam to Iran-University of Bolognia).


Reconstruction of female Elamite dress (circa 3rd millennium BC) by Iranian researchers in the 1970s (for more click here…)

One of the topics presented was prominent Iranologist Professor Yuri Stoyanov (member of the Department of the Near and Middle East, Faculty of Languages and Cultures in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London):

Elam and Media in some contemporary Kurdish and Yezidi historiographical construct

Readers interested in  topics on ancient Elam, the Medes and other domains of  pre-Achaemenid Iran may wish to consult the following links: Pre-Achaemenid Iran.

Ravenna is also host to one of the Roman depictions of Iranians and their costumes during the Sassanian era:


Roman depiction of Iranian (Partho-Sassanian) costume as worn by the three wise men in the Basilica of Sant’pollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy. Traditional Partho-Sassanian dress was to be joined by newer forms of dress bearing elements of Central Asian influence by the late 6th and early 7th centuries CE, as seen in Tagh-e Bostan in Kermanshah, Western Iran (Picture source: Faith, Fiction, Friends Blogspot).