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Kaveh Farrokh (Persian: کاوه فرخ‎) (born September 24, 1962) is a Canadian author specializing in Iranian history, and has been a frequent lecturer on Iran-related topics at the University of British Columbia as part of the UBC Continuing Education program.[1] He also works as a college counselor.[2]

Kaveh Farrokh
Born (1962-09-24) September 24, 1962 (age 57)
Athens, Greece
ResidenceBritish Columbia, Canada
EducationInstitute Chateaubriand (B.A.)
University of British Columbia (Ph.D.)
Occupationauthor, academic lecturer, college counselor
Notable work
Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War;
Iran at War


Farrokh was born in Athens, Greece. He states that he attended the Institute Chateaubriand in Cannes, France,[3] then went on to obtain his undergraduate arts degree (BA) in May 1985 and his Ph.D. in September 2001 from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia,[4] where he specialized in the cognitive and linguistic processes of Persian speakers.[5][6] Farrokh has written three books and a number of articles for journals and online publications.[7][8][9][10] He works as a counselor at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[11] He has also lectured at the University of British Columbia's Persian Legacy series.

In 2009 he was given a Merit Award by the Iran Heritage, Persian Gulf, and Iran Alliance.[12]

Military history of Persia and IranEdit

Farrokh has published three books dealing with the military history of Persia and Iran.

In the foreword to Shadows in the Desert, Richard N. Frye praises the author for giving "the Persian side of the picture as opposed to the Greek and Roman viewpoint which has long dominated our understanding of these wars", describing his approach as "refreshing". The book was criticized by Jona Lendering in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, who has written that it contained factual errors and ignored recent scholarship.[13] Lendering's review was disputed in a later issue of Bryn Mawr Classical Review.[14] Citing Lendering, Pierre Briant and Amélie Kuhrt agree that recent advances in Achaemenid historiography are not always correctly evaluated and taken fully into account.[15] They also criticize excessively aggressive responses by others to Lendering's review stating that such polemical exchange gives a distorted, even caricatured image of the state of Achaemenid history today.[15]

Farrokh has been interviewed on Voice of America's Persian service about the legacy of the Achaemenid founder, Cyrus the Great.[16] The History Channel has also interviewed him on the topic of technology in ancient Persia for the series Engineering an Empire which aired in 2006.[17]

His third book, Iran at War, is the continuation of Persian military history, following the period covered in Shadows in the Desert.[18]


  • Farrokh, Kaveh (2011). Iran at war, 1500-1988. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84603-491-6.
  • Farrokh, Kaveh (2007). Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War. Oxford, UK: Osprey. ISBN 1846031087.
  • Farrokh, Kaveh (2005). Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-642. Oxford: Osprey. ISBN 1841767131.
  • Farrokh, Kaveh (2017). The Armies of Ancient Persia: The Sassanians. Pen and Sword Military. ISBN 1848848455.
  • Kaveh Farrokh, Gholamreza Karamian (Jan 1, 2018). A Synopsis of Sasanian Military Organization and Combat Units. Archeobooks. ISBN 8362447222.
  • Kaveh Farrokh, Katarzyna Maksymiuk and Javier Sanchez Garcia (2018). The Siege of Amida 359 Ce. Archeobooks. ISBN 8370518877.
  • Sánchez Gracia, Javier / Farrokh, Kaveh. Trajano Pártico (in Spanish). Archeobooks. ISBN 8494864750.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


  1. ^ Kaveh Farrokh - teaching history at UBC
  2. ^ World: Oliver Stone's 'Alexander' Stirs Up Controversy by Golnaz Esfandiari
  3. ^ Short autobiography written for a conference program
  4. ^ CV of Gay Bisanz, external reader for Kareh (sic) Farrokh Archived 2008-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Kaveh Farrokh, 1988. Patterns of adjustment of international students to the University of British Columbia. MA Thesis, 1988, University of British Columbia. ISBN 0315470690
  6. ^ Kaveh Farrokh, 2001. The relationships among cognitive processes, language experience and errors in Persian-speaking ESL adults. PhD Thesis, University of British Columbia. ISBN 0612714594
  7. ^ Farrokh, K. (2004). Dyslexia in Persian. In I. Smythe, J. Everatt, & R. Salter, (Ed.s), International Book of Dyslexia: A Cross Language Comparison and Practice Guide (pp. 73-79). John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  8. ^ Farrokh, K. Pan-Turanianism takes aim at Azerbaijan: A geopolitical agenda. Rozaneh, 6 (32), 73 pp, 2005.
  9. ^ Farrokh, K. Iranian Nationality and the Persian Language, by Shahrokh Meskoob.[permanent dead link] Int. J. Sociol. Lang. 2001 (148): 117-124, (DOI 10.1515/ijsl.2001.010).
  10. ^ Iranscope: Kaveh Farrokh writings
  11. ^ Langara College - Academic Services - Counselling - Who We Are. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  12. ^ "Iran Heritage, Persian Gulf, and Iran Alliance 2009 Scholarship and Merit Awards"
  13. ^ Kaveh Farrokh, Shadows in the Desert, Reviewed by Jona Lendering, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.09.62
  14. ^ Collaborative Scholars' Response to Jona Lendering on Kaveh Farrokh's Shadows in the Desert, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.02.02
  15. ^ a b Briant, Pierre; Kuhrt, Amélie (2010). Alexander the Great and His Empire: A Short Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-691-14194-7. OCLC 465681769.
  16. ^ Voice of America, Persian Roundtable Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Osprey Publishing, Kaveh Farrokh Author Profile Archived 2010-11-15 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Iran at War", press release, May 2011