Key concept 2.2: 6 Whap Period: 6. Benin G. Lester Jonathan Ortega Natajia Stampley. Persian Empire: Southwest Asia.
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Benin G. Lester
Persian Empire: Southwest Asia
Around 1200 BCE a group of people who spoke Indo European languages began arriving into Iran, the people were from the Caucasus region. Around the 900s BCE there were two groups who controlled most of Iran. The Medes who lived in northern Iran and the Persians who lived in southern Iran. When Cyrus the great was ruler of Persia he wanted to go out and gain power, with this in mind he made an alliance with the Babylonians to go against and take over the Medes. The Medes were defeated and Persia took control of northern Iran and this started the beginning of the first Persian Empire. Cyrus then started to conquer more territory for his empire he attacked Lydia, all Greek city-states , then he turned on his allies the Babylonians and took control of them, this gave Cyrus and the Persian Empire control of all land west to Iran and Egypt.
Before the Qin and the Han Empire there were the Shang Period, and the Zhou Period. The first Period was the Shang which originated in the part of the Yellow River Valley that lies in the present day Henan. Then they extended their control north to Mongolia and Yangzi River Valley. The Shang society was a society who engaged frequently in war and hunting. The Shang dominated Central and Northern China for more than six centuries but then in the eleventh century the Shang king was defeated by Wu who was the ruler of the Zhou. Then came the period of Spring and Autumn. This was when China had seven serious contenders and few minor city states who wanted control. They were the Yan, Zongshan, Zhao Wu, Qin , Chu , Qi , Lu, Zhou, Song ,Shu and the Han. The one who won was the Qin of course. And this started the very first Chinese Empire, but the Qin empire relied so much on its founder that once he died power was passed to a new dynasty, the Han Dynasty.
Many civilizations lived in the Andean Mountains though many were separated by the various mountains. The most known and influenced are the Chavin and Moche empires. The Chavin were first settled in northern Peru around 900 B.C.E. The Chavin people were primarily a religious group but did have a complex society with a social class, specialized jobs, and an elite group of rulers. They also had remarkable innovations in religion, arts, engineering, architecture, and trade. The Chavin culture spread their advancements through much of the Andes Mountains and is credited now with being responsible for uniting a large part of the region for the first time. The Moche are believed to of been an aggressive warlike group first starting in the Moche-Chicama Valley but spread to the North Coast of Peru by conquering previous tribes around 200 B.C.E when the Chavin collapsed. Much of their culture and way of life is known through their artwork. Pictures depict the Moche having a very organized hierarchy with nobles presiding over ceremonies and ordinary people eating and fishing. Specialized roles such as healers and shamans were also shown. The Moche had domestic and ritual agriculture as well as irrigation canals and roads. Several crises such as climatic fluctuation and internal social stress resulting in a reduced economic productivity are allegedly believed to of led to the demise of this civilization between 600 and 750 C.E.
The last Iranian empire before the Muslims invaded Iran. The location of this empire was in the fertile lowlands of Mesopotamia ( Present day south Iraq) and on Iranian plateau. At its best time the Sassanid Dynasty streched from Oxus River in Central Asia, south to Indus river in India and west through present day Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and bordered itself with the Roman Empire! The first Sassanid monarch was Ardashir. Their religion was Zoroastrain. This was the worlds first monotheistic religon. This religon is abut the struggle between the good and the bad. The shahenshah (kind of kings) was seen as a early incarnation of their supreme god. The high class people were pretty much the governers, most high class people were military governers, accountants and queens and kings. The last Emperor of the Sassanid Dynasty was YazdegerdIII, who did not have the resources to challenge Muslim arimies in the seventh century which led to the fall or loss of the Sassanid Dynasty.
The Parthian Empire extended from today’s Eastern Turkey to Afghanistan. The empire was established by nomads. Early on in the empire, they struggled for power with the Seleucids. This problem was resolved when both parties signed a peace treaty. Although it was a monarchy, the king didn’t assert much power over his people. The empire collapsed in 224 upon the death of the king, ArtabanusV.