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Darius the Great. The third king of Persia. . Darius. He ruled Persia at its peak. Childhood . Darius was the eldest of five sons. Before he became king he served as a spearman in an Egyptian campaign. Family . Darius’s father was Hystaspes and grandfather to Arsames.

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darius the great

Darius the Great

The third king of Persia.

darius
Darius

He ruled Persia at its peak

childhood
Childhood

Darius was the eldest of five sons.

Before he became king he served as a spearman in an Egyptian campaign.

family
Family
  • Darius’s father was Hystaspes and grandfather to Arsames.
  • Darius was distantly related to Achaemenes who was royalty.
  • This justifies his ability to be king.
rise to the throne
Rise to the Throne

The ruler of Persia Cambyses

was assassinated during a riot .

Darius was chosen as the new king.

darics
Darics
  • Darics were a new unit of cash he brought to the world that was excepted internationally.
  • Darics were made of gold and silver.
  • The gold ones could only be mint by the king.
  • The silver could only be mint by other important people such as generals.
europe
Europe
  • He was best known for his expedition in Europe.
  • After conquering areas around Greece, people in Athens were beginning to like Persia. Darius accepted them in .
  • Eventually the people in Athens and Sparta became anti-Persian
europe continued
Europe continued
  • Athens exiled all pro-Persians.
  • Darius of course did not like this.
  • He sent an army commanded by his son in law to Athens and Sparta
  • This was known as the battle of marathon.
death
Death
  • After the defeat at marathon Darius began to plan another invasion.
  • This one, he would command it himself.
  • Unfortunately he died before he could.