Persian Empire . One Minute Map: Label the Tigris, Euphrates, Nile, and Indus Rivers. Persian Empire at its Height. King Cyrus the Great 580-529 BC . Cyrus’s Empire. 550 BC – Conquered several neighboring kingdoms Military genius Controlled an empire spanning 2000 miles
One Minute Map: Label the Tigris, Euphrates, Nile, and Indus Rivers.
How did the Persian Empire grow and how did its rulers maintain economic prosperity and political stability?
KingDariusdividedtheempire into20provinces each ruled by a satrap (local governor)
Satraps were the “eyes & ears of the king,” collected taxes, & informed the king of uprisings
The Persians used metal coins with standardized values to help promote trade
Zoroaster, 6c BCE:Good Thoughts, Good Deed, Good Words
“Tree of Life”
Dualistic Battle of Good vs. Evil
Ahura Mazda“Holy Spirit”
Imagine you are a Hebrew living under Persian rule. Write a letter to a friend living outside of the Persian Empire describing your feelings about Cyrus the Great as a leader.