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Transcript of Persian Empire
One king with control over a large territory
Administrative support (bureaucracy)
Government workers - tax collectors, record keepers, soldiers, judges,
Typically people with a variety of cultures
Doesn't have to be one family line
"Cyrus the Great"
Technological Solutions to Geographic Dilemmas
Empires with one family line
Qin Dynasty 221-210 BCE
Han Dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE
Mauryan Empire 321 BCE - 185 BCE
Gupta Empire 320 CE - 550 CE
550 BCE - 220 CE
Hot dry deserts
Based on geography, what inferences can you make about the Persians?
Conquered Median, Lydian & Neo-Babylonian Empire
Tolerant ruler - diverse
Freed the Jews
Died in battle - buried in Pasargade
water management system to get water from aquifers underground - like underground aqueducts
Cyrus Facts from Video:
Decline of Empire
Darius' successor Xerxes abandoned policy of cultural toleration
Conflicts with Ionian Greeks
Conquered by Alexander the Great
regional leader or governor of a providence within the Persian Empire
New Capital Cities - Persepolis & Suza
Paid workers in monumental buildings
*14 million people in empire
governor of a province
"eyes and ears of the king"
(247 - 224 CE)
(206 BCE -221 CE)
and mail service!
Took throne -
but not firstborn male
Battle at Thermopylae
Continued monumental works of his father in Persepolis
Attack the Greeks -
Battle of Marathon