Just catching up on this and weirdly also started watching it last week. Drawn by a dear friend who passed this year but visited often and also said great things about Iran and it’s people…and of course we know Marjan ! would love to visit
I seem to recall from school the phrase “cradle of civilisation”. And I’m fairly sure I read in Jared Diamond**. — still 20 years ago — that the climate was wetter in the middle east some 4000 years ago. The ease of creating an agricultural surplus enabled tribes in that zone to support extra people who did not till the fields. Kings, Judges, accountants. I’ve often felt sad that Persia /Iran is on such bad terms with the west
** Guns, Germs, and Steel. a short history of the last13,000 years. 1997. Pulitzer Prize.