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Old August 11th, 2012, 09:14 PM   #1

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Persian Empire facts


Hi All, I am currently working on doing educational videos and the first of those video here:http://youtu.be/LUy5MmF4JK8

I am now working on second video and would be grateful for any feedback about the followings as I want my video to be historically accurate:




The Babylonians ruled most of ancient world in the sixth century B.C. Yet, in the course of about half a century, they ceased to exist.

The ancient world paid no attention to Persia, a small state under the rule of the Media until 550 B.C.

In that year persian king Cyrus II was able to win over much of the Median aristocracy when he revolted against Media king and took over the Median empire.

Croesus, who held the regional power as king of Lydia, formed an alliance with Egypt and Babylon and refused to be a king under Persian sovereignty.


In 547 BC Cyrus moved his army of cavalry and light infantry into Asia Minor, and there, , he overthrew Croesus

In 540 B.C. Cyrus massed his forces and moved toward Babylon. After some losses in the field, the Babylonians regrouped behind their defensive walls and in 539, Babylon fell to Cyrus army without a struggle.


Cyrus son conquered Egypt

Within 30 years a Persian superpower, created by Cyrus, replaced the Babylonian empire.


It extended over 2,500 miles, embracing Egypt in the west,part of India in the east, and Greek cities on the western coast of Asia Minor.

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If you are interested, you can start from the Indo-Iranians' migration.
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If you are interested, you can start from the Indo-Iranians' migration.
is the migration based on solid facts or just speculations ?
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is the migration based on solid facts or just speculations ?
Most history is based on speculations of sorts. It's just a matter of how likely the speculation seems.
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is the migration based on solid facts or just speculations ?
what we can confirm materially and by literary reference, is that there was an 'east to west' Indo-Iranian migration: in the last days of 2nd millenia BCE (2000 BCE-1000 BCE), Indo-Iranians are found in North-eastern and eastern Iran, the provinces of Khorasan, Balochistan and Bam. In the next several centuries, we find Indo-Iranians in the heatland of the Elamites (they even start off at the eastern-regions of the elamite kingdom, as Anshan, far east of Susa,first fell to the Indo-Iranians). This is the timeframe when the closely related Iranian identity of the medes are also felt in the region.

However, the origin point of the Indo-Iranian migration- whether it ultimately lay north and through central Asia or further east and from India, is speculative.
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I am reading History of Zoroastrianism, and in the first portion, the book went to great length explaining the migration of Indo-Iranian people. If the scholarship is not yet outdated, then the origin seems to be some where near the Caucus Mountains. I think this is also backed up by Karen Armstrong's book The Great Transformation.
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We all know Assyria empire is known for their cruelty and military power during their rule, what was the Persian empire known for and what was their contribution to civilization?

was it being the first to use the propoganda in winning the wars ?

I am doing a video about their role in history and want to know what set them apart from previous powers of ancient worlds.

any suggestions??
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what was the Persian empire known for and what was their contribution to civilization?
Were they not the 1st civilization? i think we can trace just about everything we have back to the Persian's.
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Were they not the 1st civilization? i think we can trace just about everything we have back to the Persian's.
I guess my question is what theme are more accurate historically in portraing Persian Empire? is it their diplomacy thier respect for local gods??
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We all know Assyria empire is known for their cruelty and military power during their rule, what was the Persian empire known for and what was their contribution to civilization?

was it being the first to use the propoganda in winning the wars ?

I am doing a video about their role in history and want to know what set them apart from previous powers of ancient worlds.

any suggestions??
What set them apart was that their empire was the biggest the world had ever seen. Nothing else. First use of propaganda? Oh come on, don't be childish.
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