Iranian minister: Attempts to misname Persian Gulf futile

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati underlined that attempts to use fake names for the Persian Gulf would yield no results.

“Certain states made useless attempts to register a fake name for the Persian Gulf but the waterway’s name has always been the Persian Gulf and this can never be denied,” Jannati said, addressing a forum in the Southern city of Bushehr on Thursday.

It is now thousands of years that the Persian Gulf has had the same shape and has belonged to the Iranians since the first day, he added.

Ancient books and documents all show that the Persian Gulf or (Sinous Persicous) has always been an inalienable part of Persia (modern day Iran) and display how many world topographers and geographers have underlined the Iranian identity of the waterway.

The ancient Greek named the Persian Gulf as Sinous Persicous and since the name has been stated for the first time in reliable non-Iranian books, there remains no doubt about the Iranian identity of the Persian Gulf.

Iran has recently designated April 30 as the ‘National Persian Gulf Day’ to highlight the fact that the waterway has been referred to by historians and ancient texts as ‘Persian’ since the Achaemenid Empire was established in what is now modern day Iran.

The name of a number of documents and books in which the writers have referred the waterway as the Persian Sea are as followed:

Flavious Arianous (2nd century AD) in a book about the wars that Alexandria fought pointed to a trip made by one of Alexandria’s admirals to the Persian Gulf which was then named “Persicon Caitas”.

Strabon, the prominent Greek geographer, also used the same name for the Persian Gulf.

Batlimous, a Greek geographer, topographer, mathematician and writer (2nd century AD), in his book named ‘the World Maps’ which includes 27 maps of the different parts of the world, has named the Persian Gulf as Persicous Sinous which means the Persian Sea.

Kevin Coursious Rofous, an Italian historian, who authored many books about Alexander’s wars in different countries, named the Persian Gulf as “Aquarium Persico” meaning the Persian basin.

There are lots of other documents and books proving the ancient Iranian identity of the Persian Gulf as old as the era the written history started.

In July 2009, archeological excavations in the Iranian port city of Siraf yielded new evidence confirming the antiquity of the Persian Gulf title.

The Iranian archeologists discovered Sassanid and early-Islamic residential strata as well as a number of intact amphoras used in sea trade during the Parthian, Abbasid and early Islamic eras, all referring to the waterway as the Persian Gulf.

By Fars News Agency