Courtesy of Koorosh Nozad
Iranian documentary maker plans to produce a film about the
story of a decapitated statue of the Iranian emperor Darius the
Great (580-529 B.C.).
A group of French archaeologists unearthed the statue in 1971 in
the historical city of Susa, southwestern Iran. It is
decapitated, but no one is certain about its reason. Now Ard
Atapour has decided to make a documentary about the discovery
and its ensuing events. Pivotal to his film would be the story
of the archaeologists who made dug out the statue of Darius I
Hystapspes, the great king of the Achaemenid dynasty.
There are some theories explaining the decapitation, from
people’s outburst of resentment towards Persian monarchs to a
Darius the Great raised to the throne of the Persian Empire by defeating
Geomata, who claimed to be Smerdis the brother of Cambayses
(both were sons of Cyrus the Great), and assumed the power while
Cambyses was in Egypt..
Darius after gaining control of the empire, revolutionized
Iranian economy by placing it on a silver and gold coinage
system. Other accomplishments of Darius's reign included
establishment of first postal service in he world, codification
of the data, a universal legal system upon which much of later
Iranian law would be based, and construction of a new capital at
Persepolis, where vassal states would offer their yearly tribute
at the festival celebrating the spring equinox. In its art and
architecture, Persepolis reflected Darius's perception of
himself as the leader of conglomerates of people to whom he had
given a new and single identity.