Ali Sami Shirazi

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  • archaeologist
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Ali Sami Shirazi (1910 - 1989), Alī Sāmī was an teacher, archaeologist, and author in Iran. He was director of the Scientific Bureau of Persepolis from 1941 until 1961.[1] He led excavations at Persepolis for several seasons.[2] He alsp condicted excavations at Pasagardae.[3]

Sami worked under André Godard and later with Mohammad Taqi Mustafavi, director generals of the Iranian General Office of Archaeology.[4]

His book on Persepolis was translated by R. N. Sharp, and English reverend and "oriental" scholar who spent more tham 3 decades in Persia.[5]

He authored guidebooks on Shiraz and Persepolis.[6]


  • Persepolis (Takht-i-Jamshid)[7][1]
  • Pasargadae, the oldest imperial capital of Iran (1956)[8]
  • Shiraz : the city of the poets Saʻadi and Háfez, the city of flowers and nightingales (1958)
  • Tamaddun-i Sāsānī (1963)[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mousavi, Ali (April 19, 2012). "Persepolis: Discovery and Afterlife of a World Wonder". Walter de Gruyter – via Google Books.
  2. N.Y.), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York; Muscarella, Oscar White (December 28, 1988). "Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art". Metropolitan Museum of Art – via Google Books.
  3. Codella, Kim Christopher (December 28, 2007). "Achaemenid Monumental Gateways at Pasargadae, Susa and Persepolis". University of California, Berkeley – via Google Books.
  4. Soheil, Mehr Azar (December 7, 2018). "The Concept of Monument in Achaemenid Empire". Routledge – via Google Books.
  7. "Persepolis – Ali Sami (1954) (1st ed) – GOHD Books".
  8. Sāmī, ʻAlī (December 28, 1956). "Pasargadae, the oldest imperial capital of Iran,". Musavi Print. Office – via Open WorldCat.
  9. "Tamaddun-i Sāsānī". December 28, 1963 – via Open WorldCat.

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