Critical Intro: (2-3 sentences)Make an argument for the most significant impact of the Persians.
Persian Empire and Royal Road
• Cyrus creates Persian Empire• Conquers from Indus Valley in the east to Anatolia in
West, and the Fertile Crescent
Cyrus the Great•1st great king of Persian Empire•Ruled subjects with Tolerance•Respected religions of others
Darius I• Created imperial bureaucracy•Divided empire into 20 provinces•People could maintain own religion, laws, language•Established idea of nationalities•Greatest failure = could not conquer Greece
Darius fails to conquer Greece
Zoroastrianism- Two spiritual armies fighting for possession of souls = Good vs. Evil- Good god = Ahura Mazda – Supreme god of truth and light- Evil god = Ahriman – God of evil and darkness- Your choices in life determines your fate
Alexander the Great conquers the Persian Empire
Critical Intro:Better governing style:Iron Fist orToleranceDefend your answer.
Critical Intro:How does Zoroastrianism compare to other religions of the times?