Historic Periods & Events
The Elamite Empire, 2500 - 644 BCE
By: Cyrus Shahmiri

The Art of Elamites, (The Art of Ancient Iran of Pre-Islamic era)
By: Edith Porada

The Median Empire, 728 - 550 BCE

Ecbatana, (The capital of the ancient Median empire)
By: Jona Lendering

Rhagae, (Religious center in ancient Median empire)
By: Jona Lendering

The Achaemenid Empire, 550 - 330 BCE

The Cyrus the Great Cylinder
The first known Charter of Rights of Nations, 539 BCE.
Edited by: Shapour Ghasemi

Cyrus the Great: The decree of return for the Jews, 539 BCE
Edited by: Charles F. Horne

The Art of Achaemenids, (The Art of Ancient Iran of Pre-Islamic era)
By: Edith Porada

Eye of the king, (Inspector in the Achaemenid empire)
By: Jona Lendering

Pasargadae, (Oldest of the capitals of the ancient Achaemenid empire)
By: Jona Lendering

Darius the Great's Inscription at Naqshe Rostam

Words of Darius the Great in Bisotoun's Inscription

Susa, (Favorite residence of the Persian king Darius I the Great)
By: Jona Lendering

Achaemenid Army
By: Professor A. Sh. Shahbazi

Immortals, (Elite regiment in the ancient Achaemenid empire)
By: Jona Lendering

Persepolis, (or Parse, ancient capital of Persian -Achaemenid- Empire)

Pictures of Persepolis, Ancient Capital of Persian -Achaemenid- Empire

Royal Road, 5th century BCE
By: Jona Lendering

The Persian Wars
By: Professor Livio C. Stecchini

Histories of Herodotus, (A reference of Persian Empire of Achaemeni...
By: Herodotus of Halicarnassus

Cyropaedia of Xenophon, The Life of Cyrus The Great
By: Xenophon

Anabasis of Xenophon, (A reference of Persian Empire of Achaemenian...
By: Xenophon

The Anabasis of Alexander: The Battle of Gaugamela
By: Arrian (Lucius Flavius Arrianus)

The Battle of Gaugamela
By: Ernst Badian

Persian Syria 538-331 BCE; Two Centuries of Persian Rule
By: Adnan Bounni

Palestine Under the Persians 539-332 BCE
By: Dr David F. Graf

Seleucid Empire, 306 - c.150 BCE
By: Jens Jakobsson

Iran After the Death of Alexander and Its Resistance to Hellenism
By: Maryam Hedayati

The Parthian Empire, 247 BCE - 224 CE

The Art of Parthians, (The Art of Ancient Iran of Pre-Islamic era)
By: Edith Porada

Parthian Army
By: Professor A. Sh. Shahbazi

Ctesiphon (Parthian: Tyspwn), The capital of the Parthians and the ...
By: Jona Lendering

General Surena, The Hero of Carrhae
By: Shapour Suren-Pahlav

The Sassanid Empire, 224 - 642 CE

A Review of Sassanid Images and Inscriptions
By: Asghar Mahmoudabadi

The Karnamak-e Ardeshir-e Papakan
By: Charles F. Horne

Emperor Ardeshir and the cycle of history
Dr. Richard Frye

Economy In Sassanian Iran
Rika Gyselen

The Art of Sassanians, (The Art of Ancient Iran of Pre-Islamic era)
By: Edith Porada

Sassanian Army
By: Professor A. Sh. Shahbazi

Manichaeism, (The Forgotten Religion of Sassanid Era)
By: I.J.S. Taraporewala

Mazdakism, (A religious and social movement of Sassanid Era)
By: I.J.S. Taraporewala

Islamic Conquest, 636 CE

Saffarid Dynasty, 861 - 900 CE

Samanid Dynasty, 819 - 999 CE
By: Cyrus Shahmiri

Turks and Mongols, 10th - 15th century CE

Ziyarids Dynasty, 927 - 1043 CE

Ghaznavid Dynasty, 962 - 1186 CE

Ismailieh (Assassins), 11th century CE

Safavid Empire, 1502 - 1736
By: Shapour Ghasemi

Afsharid Dynasty (Nader Shah), 1736 - 1757

Zand Dynasty, 1757 - 1794

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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