Achaemenid Empire

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  • Xerxes And The Fall Of The Achaemenid Empire

    pleased. Such a drastic drain in wealth, first with his march against Greece, and then his fixation on building projects, could only cause the start of the decline of the Achaemenid Empire. Xerxes certainly had enemies after all he had done, including the commander of the royal body guard named Artabanos. He too blamed Xerxes for the decline of the empire, and so desired that Xerxes’ son, Artaxerxes, take his place as king. It is sometimes thought that this was simply just strategy to dissect the empire’s power further so Artabanos himself could reign, though there are many varied opinions about what specifically happened once the empire went into decline. It was only a matter of time before Xerxes was murdered in his bedchamber by Artabanos and an eunuch, Aspamitres in 465 B.C. Artabanos was influential, and managed to blame his murder on Darius, Xerxes’s oldest son. It was enough to turn blood against blood, and Artaxerxes had Darius killed. However, it wasn’t long before it was uncovered that Artabanos was the actual murderer. Artaxerxes then rightfully executed him and his sons, before claiming the throne for the next forty years. Even though Persia fell under new rule, it was too late to save the decline of the empire. Xerxes lived to be the last leader who brought fame to the flourishing Achaemenid Empire, something that would always be…

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  • Cyrus The Great Conquerors

    the Great is one of the most successful empire builders of all time. Most conquerors of that time were known to defeat civilizations and strip people of money and goods by violence and then enslave most of them. Cyrus on the other hand “would rule through persuasion and compromise rather than force and humiliation”. He treated leaders with honor and respect. Cyrus even permitted deported people to return to their homelands. Unlike most conquerors that forced their people to practice the same…

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  • Persepolis Essay

    facilitating imperial trade and provided flexibility in the exchange of goods throughout the empire. Barter or material exchange still existed and was not replaced by monetary exchange. However, the use of money brought all people and places within the empire into a type of unified economy with a standardized medium of exchange. Communication was also an important feature of the economy as it was essential to get messages across the vast empire and distanced satrapies. The Persepolis tablets…

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  • The Persian Wars Between The Greeks And The Persian Empire

    The Persian Wars between the Greeks and the Persians of the Achaemenid Empire at the beginning of the fifth century BC. They are triggered by the revolt of the Asian Greek cities against the Persian domination, the intervention of Athens in their favor causing retaliation. The two military expeditions of the Achaemenid sovereigns Darius I and Xerxes I constitute the main military episodes of this conflict; they are concluded by the spectacular victory of the European Greek cities led by Athens…

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  • Cyrus Leadership

    on Cyrus the Great, it can be seen that he was a strategic minded person and at times employed various strategies and “changed strategic balance” during battles which was an effective feature of his leadership during his reign. This strategy was useful in both military and political situations and was useful in enabling him to establish and expand the Achaemenid dynasty of the Persian Empire, which lasted over two centuries, as successfully as he did. It is said in the Nabonidus Chronicle that…

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  • The Campaign Of Alexander The Great Analysis

    countries. For example, opinions from Persia (modern-day Iran), Egypt, India and modern- day Pakistan are recounted in the documentary. As a result, the documentary provides a more controversial perspective of Alexander and his conquests than Arrian did. These two sources have agreed most facts of Alexander’s campaigns, but sometimes, they did show radically different characteristics of Alexander. Examples can be found in their descriptions of the battles against Persia. Both the book and the…

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  • Comparison Between Alexander And The Greatness Of Alexander's Conquest

    Alexander and the Greatness of his Conquest After the great Peloponnesian wars, the kingdom of Macedonia had been strengthening to become a force to overcome the Greek city states. Macedonia was under the control of King Philip II. Philip now reigned over all of Greece. He requited the Greeks to join his empire and his plan to take over and invade the Persian Empire. Before King Philip could begin his invasion of Asia, he was assassinated. Referring to the information provided by Harrap,…

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  • The Coat Of Arms: The Cyrus Cylinder

    He founded Persia. He was known to be a great conqueror, who at one point controlled one of the greatest Empires ever seen. He showed great forbearance and respect towards the religious beliefs and cultural traditions of other races. These qualities earned him the respect and homage of all the people over whom he ruled. The Cyrus Cylinder is inscribed in cuneiform. It has been known as the world’s first declaration of human rights. On the Cyrus Cylinder, it explains how Cyrus established peace.…

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  • Hatshepsut Thesis

    Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang 259-210 the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty 1368-1644. Though the Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function more as a…

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  • The Education Of Cyrus Character Analysis

    political leaders are those who can achieve the greatest good for the general population, serve as an example to the people they represent, and resist the temptations of power. In The Education of Cyrus, Xenophon describes Cyrus as the embodiment of these traits, but Book 8 shows the Persian empire immediately disintegrating after his demise. It would seem that altruism and success as a leader are inadequate, and that Cyrus’ hopes of leaving a legacy disbanded along with his empire. Despite his…

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