Fiammetta Terlizzi

Diary of my trip to Iran

From 3 to 13 May 2017 Italy was Guest of Honor at the XXX International Book Fair in Teheran, a participation strongly supported by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. The presence at this important cultural event represented an opportunity for Italy to consolidate the already excellent relations between the two countries, united by both being heirs and custodians of a thousand-year heritage of history, art and culture.
At the end of the exhibition the Angelica Library of Rome, an office dependent on the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Italian Tourism, has organized an unpublished exhibition of rare and valuable ancient works of 39 that has been set up, with the precious and friendly help of Iranian librarians at the beautiful premises of the Tehran National Library.
Texts of science, history, religion, maps, atlases and travel books concerning ancient Persia have been selected from the thousands of volumes kept in the Monumental Hall of the historic Roman library as evidence of the close dialogue between different cultures and worlds. In this way visitors were given the possibility of an extraordinary journey through time, ideally addressing some key points of Italy's participation.
Alongside the travel books and precious ancient geographical maps, some notice boards have been set up used to create a path through the history of Italian publishing of excellence to indicate the scientific, cultural and human progress of a nation but always keeping alive a close dialogue with the Persian culture.
For Italy and Iran, in fact, the agreement and the comparison have always been at the base of a relationship with ancient roots born from the initiative and the spirit of knowledge of merchants and travelers who in the past centuries went so far as to ancient Persia. This dialogue continues today based on the awareness that an appreciation of what is common to the two nations combined with the comparison of what is specific instead of the different civilizations can have an important impact both in the political and cultural fields.

Fiammetta Terlizzi
Director of Angelica Library

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