The World Of Ancient Persia

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In the sixth century B.C, the land that we now call Iran was the center of the largest empire in the world. The kings of Ancient Persia( such as Cyrus the Great) were the leaders of a great civilization that made amazing advances in laws, goverment and communication. Founded in 550 B.C by King Cyrus the Great, the Persian Empire spanned from Egypt in the west to Turkey in the north, and through Mesopotamia to the Indus River in the east. Unlike most empires at that time, the Persian kings were benovelent rulers, and allowed a diverse variety of diffrent people with diffrent ethnic backgrounds. The Persian empire was split into three diffrent empires with three diffrent time periods but the first empire was called the Achaemenid Empire. It…show more content…
The two struggled for control and that humans were frew to chose between good and evil. At death the humans willl be judged and good deeds will be rewarded and the bad deeds will be punished. In the book of Daniel, which takes place at the Persian court, the ideas of Heaven and Hell and of Satan as a force always opposed to God first appear in the Bible. Both of these ideas have become central to Christianity and Islam as well as Judaism.However others who came from diffrent ethnic backgrounds were free to live according to their culture and practice their religions as long as they followed and accepted Persian rule. During the Achaemenid Empire, there was no limit to the kings power. He could do anything he wanted and the only thing that could stop him was rebellion from his people. But the king wanted to control his people and protect the weak, so the empire began to have satrapes. A satrap was usually part of the royal family and carried out the laws of the goverment and did deeds such as collecting taxes, keeping the roads safe, putting down rebels and criminals, and enforcing peace. Satraps were also judges of criminal and civil cases in their legion. At times of war, satraps could act as military commanders. However most satraps were not trustworthy and in order to keep watch of what they were doing the king sent royal clerks that were secret spies and they watched the satraps and reported back to the king. King Darius assigned about 20-30 satraps in his
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