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  • The Persian Empire Essential Vocabulary The Middle East The Persian Empire Cyrus the Great Darius the Great Royal Road Zoroastrianism
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  • The Persian Empire The Persian Empire is a series of imperial dynasties centered in Persia (now IRAN and AFGHANISTAN)
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  • Cyrus the Great 580 529 B. C. E. A tolerant ruler he allowed different cultures within his empire to keep their own institutions. The Greeks called him a Law-Giver. he Jews called him the anointed of the Lord. (In 537, he allowed over 40,000 to return to Palestine).
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  • Darius the Great (526 485 B. C. E.) Built Persepolis. He extended the Persian Empire to the Indus River in northern India. (2 miles wide) Built a canal in Egypt.
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  • Darius the Great (526 485 B. C. E.) Established a tax-collecting system. Divided the empire into districts called SATRAPIES. Built the great Royal Road system. Established a complex postal system. Created a network of spies called the Kings eyes and ears.
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  • Ancient Persepolis
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  • Persian Archers & Soldiers
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  • Persian Royal Road The Royal Road was an ancient highway reorganized and rebuilt by the Persian king Darius the Great in the 5th century BC. Darius built the road to facilitate rapid communication and trade throughout his very large empire. Persian Royal Road The Royal Road was an ancient highway reorganized and rebuilt by the Persian king Darius the Great in the 5th century BC. Darius built the road to facilitate rapid communication and trade throughout his very large empire.
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  • Silk Road
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  • Spread of Zoroastrianism Religion of the Persian Empires and people that required good thoughts, good deeds, and good works.
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  • Zarathustra [Zoroaster], 6c BCE : Good Thoughts, Good Deed, Good Words Tree of Life
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  • Dualistic Battle of Good vs. Evil Ahura Mazda Holy Spirit Ahriman Destructive Spirit
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  • Zend-Avesta (The Book of Law) The Sacred Fire the force to fight evil.