A Journey Through Time

The Persian Lifestyle and Mighty Kings

Benefits of the Persian Empire

  • massive army
  • farming
  • coined money
  • reasonable taxes
  • cosmopolitan
  • polyglot
  • medicine
  • honesty
  • hard-working
  • family strongly valued
  • king of conquered lands were not killed
  • great government
  • generous to Hebrews
  • welcomed everywhere
  • paradise


Zoroastrianism

  • central prophet - Zoroaster
  • good and evil
  • Ahura Mazda (all that is good)
  • Ahriman (all that is evil)

"Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you."

Meet the Great Kings of the Persians

Cyrus the Great (560 - 530 BC)
  • established the empire
  • "king of kings"
  • defeated Croesus (king of Lydia)
  • took over Mediterranean Islands
  • took all Ionian cities
  • nice


Cambyses (529 - 522 BC)

  • insane
  • buried wife alive
  • shot son with an arrow
  • created torturous punishments


Darius (521 - 486 BC)

  • moved capital to Persepolis
  • gave money to Hebrews to rebuild their temples
  • defeated by Greece


Xerxes (485 - 465 BC)

  • defeated by Greece


How to Locate the Persian Empire

Modern Day Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and part of Egypt and India.