Kaveh Farrokh

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Kaveh Farrokh
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VOA Interview, 2008
Athens, Greece
OccupationAuthor, academic lecturer, and college counselor
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
ThesisThe Relationships Among Cognitive Processes, Language Experience and Errors in Farsi Speaking ESL Adults (2001)
Academic advisorsProds Oktor Skjaervo
Academic work
Main interestsIranian Studies, Classics, Military History, Linguistics
Notable worksShadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War
Iran at War: 1500 - 1988

Kaveh Farrokh (Persian: کاوه فرخ‎) is a Greek author of several academic books and peer-reviewed publications 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] Currently, he is a counselor[2] and learning specialist[3] at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4]


Farrokh was born in Athens, Greece and later attended Institute Chateaubriand in Cannes, France. Farrokh earned his doctorate (PhD) in 2001 from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia,[5] where he specialized in the cognitive and linguistic processes of Persian speakers.[6][7] Previously, he earned his MA in 1988 and BA in 1985 from the same institution.

Farrokh has authored four books on the military history of Iran, co-authored two books on the same topic, acted as editor for academic publications, and contributed to a number of articles for peer-reviewed journals and online publications.[8][9][10][11] He has also been quoted in media outlets concerning Iranian history.[12] For example, Farrokh was interviewed on Voice of America's Persian service about the legacy of the Achaemenid founder, Cyrus the Great.[13] 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.[14]

He has also lectured at the University of British Columbia's Persian Legacy series in addition to other engagements hosted by the University of British Columbia's Department of Asian Studies.[15]

In 2009, he was given a Merit Award by the Iran Heritage, Persian Gulf, and Iran Alliance.[16]


Farrokh has authored and co-authored a number of books. He has contributed to edited books[17][18] in addition to acting as editor for other academic and professional publication outlets.


His first book, Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224 - 642, was published in 2005 by Osprey Publishing.

His second book, Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War, was published in 2007 by Osprey Publishing. In its foreword, Richard N. Frye, the Aga Khan Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Harvard University[19][20] 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 Farrokh's 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.[21] Lendering's review was disputed in a later issue of Bryn Mawr Classical Review.[22] Citing Lendering, Pierre Briant and Amélie Kuhrt agree that recent advances in Achaemenid historiography are not always correctly evaluated and taken fully into account.[23] 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.[23]

His third book, Iran at War: 1500 - 1988, was published in 2011 by Osprey Publishing and covered Iranian military history from the Safavid Empire to the Iran-Iraq War.[24]

His fourth book, The Armies of Ancient Persia: The Sassanians, was published in 2017 by the Pen & Sword Military imprint of Pen and Sword Books.[25]


A Synopsis of Sasanian Military Organization and Combat Units, co-authored with Gholamreza Karamian and Katarzyna Maksymiuk, was published in 2018 by Archeobooks of Krakow, Poland as well as the publishing house of Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities.[26]

The Siege of Amida (359 CE), co-authored with Javier Sánchez-Gracia and Katarzyna Maksymiuk, was also published in 2018 by Archeobooks as well as the publishing house of Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities. [27]


Farrokh, Kaveh (2020). "Pan-Arabism and Iran". In Ness, Immanuel; Cope, Zak (eds.). The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Palgrave Macmillan.

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Farrokh's works have appeared and been translated into a number of languages including Spanish, Persian, Russian, German, and Polish.

English language sources[edit]

  • Farrokh, Kaveh (2020). "Pan-Arabism and Iran". In Ness, Immanuel; Cope, Zak (eds.). The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Farrokh, Kaveh (2017). The Armies of Ancient Persia: The Sassanians. South Yorkshire, UK: Pen and Sword Military. ISBN 1848848455.
  • Farrokh, Kaveh (2007). Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1846031087.
  • Farrokh, Kaveh (2005). Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-642. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1841767131.
  • Farrokh, Kaveh; Maksymiuk, Katarzyna; Sánchez-Gracia, Javier (2018), The Siege of Amida 359 CE, Siedlce University: Publishing House of Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities., ISBN 8370518877

Spanish language sources[edit]

  • Sánchez-Gracia, Javier & Farrokh, Kaveh (2019). Trajano Pártico: Las victoriosas campañas de Trajano en Persia, 114-117 d.C. [Trajan Parthicus: The victorious campaigns of Trajan in Persia, 114-117 CE]. Zaragoza, Spain: HRM Ediciones.

Persian language sources[edit]

  • کاوه فرخ و غلامرضا کرمیان (۱۳۹۵). ساختار ارتش اشکانیان. تهران: خانه تاریخ و تصویر ابریشمی. Farrokh, Kaveh & Karamian, Gholamreza (2016). The Structure of the Parthian Army. Tehran: Khaneye Tarikh va Tasvire Abrishami.
  • کاوه فرخ - سواره نظام زبده ساساني (۱۳۹۳) - مترجم: ميثم عليي - ناشر :انتشارات اميرکبير - محل نشر : تهران – Elite Sassanian Cavalry translated into Persian (2014) by Amir Kabir Publishers (Tehran, Iran), Translator into Persian (Meysam Aliee).
  • ترجمه ایران در جنگ از چالدران تا جنگ تحمیلی توسط انتشارات ققنوس (۱۳۹۷) - Farrokh Book (2011) Iran at War - translated by Qoqnoos Publishers into Persian (2018), Translator (Maryam Saremi).
  • کاوه فرخ - سایه‌هایی در بیابان: ایران باستان در زمان جنگ (بهمن ۱/ ۱۳۹۰ ) - مترجم: پدرام خزایی - ناشر : طاق‌ بستان - محل نشر : كرمانشاه - Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War translated into Persian (Jan. 21, 2012) by Tagh Bostan Publishers (Kermanshah, Iran), Translator (Pedram Khozai).
  • خبرگزاری مهر(۱۳۹۰/۷/۲)- کاوه فرخ - ساﯾﻳﻫای صحرا؛ﺍﯾراﺍن باستان ﺩر جنگ - مترجم: شهربانو سارمی - ناشر : ققنوس - محل نشر : تهران -Mehr News (Sept 24, 2011): Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at war Translated into Persian by Qoqnoos Publishers (Tehran, Iran), Translator to Persian (Maryam Saremi).
  • کاوه فرخ - اسواران ساسانی (۱۳۸۸) - مترجم: یوسف امیری - ناشر : گل افتاب - محل نشر : مشهد - Elite Sassanian Cavalry translated into Persian (2009) by Gole Aftab Publishers (Mashad, Iran), Translator to Persian (Yusef Amiri).
  • کاوه فرخ - سواره نظام زبده ارتش ساسانی (۱۳۸۷) - مترجم: بهنام محمدپناه - ناشر : سبزان - محل نشر : تهران - Elite Sassanian Cavalry translated into Persian (2008) by Sabzan Publishers (Tehran, Iran), Translator to Persian (Behnam Mohammad-Panah).

Russian language sources[edit]

  • Персы: Армия великих царей, Cерия: Военная история человечества, Москва (July 24, 2009) - Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at war Translated into Russian by EXMO Publishers: Military History of Mankind Series (Moscow, Russian Federation), Translator to Russian (A. Efremov).

German language sources[edit]

  • Farrokh, Kaveh & Khorasani, Manouchehr Moshtagh (2020). Die Sassanidische Infantrie [The Sassanian Infantry]. Pallasch: Zeitschrift für Militärgeschichte. Organ der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Heerskunde, No. 71, February 2020, pp. 25-35.


  1. ^ Kaveh Farrokh - teaching history at UBC
  2. ^ [1] Retrieved 2020-16-06.
  3. ^ [2] Retrieved 2020-16-06.
  4. ^ Langara College - Academic Services - Counselling - Contact. Retrieved 2020-16-06.
  5. ^ CV of Gay Bisanz, external reader for Kareh (sic) Farrokh Archived 2008-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Kaveh Farrokh, 1988. Patterns of adjustment of international students to the University of British Columbia. MA Thesis, 1988, University of British Columbia. ISBN 0315470690
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Farrokh, K. Pan-Turanianism takes aim at Azerbaijan: A geopolitical agenda. Rozaneh, 6 (32), 73 pp, 2005.
  10. ^ Farrokh, K. Iranian Nationality and the Persian Language, by Shahrokh Meskoob. Int. J. Sociol. Lang. 2001 (148): 117-124, (DOI 10.1515/ijsl.2001.010).
  11. ^ Iranscope: Kaveh Farrokh writings
  12. ^ World: Oliver Stone's 'Alexander' Stirs Up Controversy by Golnaz Esfandiari
  13. ^ Voice of America, Persian Roundtable Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Osprey Publishing, Kaveh Farrokh Author Profile Archived 2010-11-15 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ [3] Retrieved 2020-16-06.
  16. ^ "Iran Heritage, Persian Gulf, and Iran Alliance 2009 Scholarship and Merit Awards"
  17. ^ [4] Retrieved 2020-16-06.
  18. ^ [5] Retrieved 2020-16-06.
  19. ^ http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~turkish/relfaculty.html Richard Nelson Frye, Aga Khan Professor of Iranian-Emeritus Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
  20. ^ http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~iohp/frye.html
  21. ^ Kaveh Farrokh, Shadows in the Desert, Reviewed by Jona Lendering, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.09.62
  22. ^ Collaborative Scholars' Response to Jona Lendering on Kaveh Farrokh's Shadows in the Desert, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.02.02
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "Iran at War", Press Release, May 2011.
  25. ^ [6] Retrieved 2020-16-06.
  26. ^ [7] Retrieved 2020-16-06.
  27. ^ [8] Retrieved 2020-16-06.

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