The director of Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia in Tehran, Kazem Musavi Bojnurdi, has honored Italian Cultural Attaché Carlo Cereti for his lifetime cultural achievements over the past eight years in Iran.

The eight-year mission of Professor Cereti in Iran has been accomplished and the center honored Cereti for his efforts in boosting cultural relations between Iran and Italy.

"The ceremony has been arranged in honor of Professor Cereti, who has served in Iran for the past eight years. He has been cooperating with the center for eight years and this collaboration will continue," Bojnurdi said at the ceremony held at the center on Monday last week.

"He is currently collaborating with the center in a joint project compiling a three-volume book on the history of ancient Iran," Bojnurdi added.

"We Iranians are grateful to those who have helped Persian culture flourish and grow," Bojnurdi said, handing a copy of Ferdowsi’s masterpiece Shahnameh to Cereti.

For his part Cereti expressed thanks to Bojnurdi and called the center his second home.

A professor of Iranology at the Sapienza University of Rome, Cereti has authored several books and articles including "An 18th Century Account of Parsi History", "Avestan Quotations in Pahlavi Books", and "Copulative Compounds in Iranian Onomastics".

Source: Tehran Times