Volume. 11934

Danish Orientalist Arthur Christensen commemorated in Tehran
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TEHRAN – The Persian literary monthly Bokhara commemorated Danish Orientalist Arthur Christensen (1875-1945) during a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Ambassador of Denmark to Iran Andres Christian Haugaard, Bokhara Managing Director Ali Dehbashi, Associate Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Copenhagen Claus V. Pedersen and a number of Iranian literary figures including Jaleh Amuzgar attended the ceremony, the Persian service of MNA reported on Wednesday.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dehbashi said that the ceremony has been organized to honor the Iranologist who wrote his first article about Rustam when he was only 23.

“He continued his studies about Persian language and culture with love and joy, and left a library full of rare books acting as a precious guide for the Iranologists in the world,” he added.

Ambassador Andres Christian Haugaard expressed his happiness in holding such events in Iran, and said that he is happy to have a chance to listen to speeches by experts about Arthur Christensen.

Amuzgar who is a member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature next made a brief speech regarding the book “Sassanid Persia”, the most significant work written about the Sassanid Empire (224 to 651 CE).

Published in 1909, “Sassanid Persia” is Christensen’s great work on Sassanid Iranian history, society and governance, and is still today a reference book in the field. The book is considered Christensen’s magnum opus and has been published in English, French and Persian.

Professor Pedersen next called Christensen an Iranologist, who was an expert in Iranian language, and said that he was highly interested in Iranian history, culture and society, both ancient Persian and contemporary Iran.

Italian Cultural Attaché Carlo Cereti, who was also present in the ceremony, made a brief speech about Christensen and his book about Sassanid.

A series of books by Christensen went on display on the sidelines of the ceremony for the participants.

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