Turn to the Persian Empire, one of the grandest civilizations in the ancient world. Survey the history of Persia from King Cyrus to Alexander the Great, then study the city of Persepolis. Its construction, its palaces, and its many relief sculptures all showed the breadth and power of the king.
Take a virtual reality tour of one of history's most intriguing ancient civilizations. Tour the grand residences at Persepolis and the sumptuous imperial palaces of the powerful Darius I at the height of Persian civilization.
Pastoral nomads weren't the only early settlers of Central Asia. The recently discovered Oxus civilization and the Persians reveal a number of key themes for Big History, including the role of climate and geography, intensified social complexity, innovations in warfare and farming, and more.
Hattusha (Turkey) - The history of the Hittite Empire which dominated the Orient was brought to light thanks to the cuneiform character inscriptions excavated at the archaeological site of Hattusha. The Hittite tribe which advanced into Asia Minor at the beginning of the 17th century BC built the strongest country into Orient, employing horses, chariots, and metal weapons to establish their superiority. A large number of cuneiform character inscriptions were excavated at the Hattusha site near Bogazkale, meaning that the history of the Orient had to be largely rewritten.Persepolis (Iran) - Magnificent palaces, in which royal ceremonies and celebrations were held, were constructed in Persepolis, the sacred capital of the Persian Empire. Situated to the northeast of the modern city Shiraz in southwest Iran, Persepolis was the ancient capital of the Persian Empire. Although the city was left in ruins after being destroyed by Alexander the Great, the ruins excavated at the site include the palaces constructed by Darius the Great and Xerxes 1, and relief carvings abound revealing the flowering of Achaemenid Dynasty art.
Metalsmiths and migrants -- Mannai, Medes and Scythians -- Builders of empire -- The great kings -- Palaces and archives -- Achaemenid arts -- From the satrapies -- The later history -- The pulse of power -- The Achaemenid family to Xerxes.
Traces the history of the Achaemenid Empire and discusses the unusual diplomacy, propaganda, and philosophy of the great kings Cyaxares, Cyrus, and Darius, who retained the best features of the culture of every conquered land and allowed the captive peoples a degree of freedom.
Beginning in the sixth century BCE, Persian kings ruled a vast, culturally diverse empire that stretched from northern Libya to central Asia. The regime and its rich multicultural traditions prospered for 250 years until its invasion, and eventual defeat, by Alexander the Great's army in 331 BCE. Yet until the British Museum's exhibition in the summer of 2005, the Persian perspective of this landmark event in world history will have been largely neglected. In one of the few accounts available, The Persian Empire provides a comprehensive and accessible portrayal of one of the world's first land-based dynastic kingdom.
This book, now re-issued with a new introduction by Mary Boyce, is the first attempt to trace the continuous history of the faith from the time it was preached by Zoroaster down to the present day-a span of about 3,500 years. First taught among nomads on the Asian steppes, Zoroastrianism became the state religion of the three great Iranian empires. With the conquest of Iran by the Muslim Arabs, Zoroastrianism lost its secular power but continues to survive as a minority faith.
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Publication Date: 2002
pt. 1. The empire-builders : from Cyrus to Darius -- pt. 2. The great king -- pt. 3. Territories, populations, and the dependent economy -- pt. 4. From Xerxes to Darius III : an empire in turmoil -- pt. 5. The fourth century and the empire of Darius III in the Achaemenid Longue Durée : a prospective assessment -- pt. 6. The fall of an empire