What is the Persian Empire?
Cyrus rules (Around 550 B.C.)
Under Cyrus the Great, the Persians allowed the peoples they conquered to continue their lives and cultures. They could keep their customs and religion as long as they paid their taxes and obeyed the Persian rulers. This was different from how earlier conquerors such as the Assyrians had ruled.
The empire was connected by one main road called "Royal Road". It was built by King Darius the Great and it stretches over 1,700.
Arts and Architecture
- The longest reigning Persian King was Artaxerxes II who ruled 45 years from 404-358 BC. His reign was a time of peace and prosperity for the empire
- The capital of the empire was the great city of Persepolis. Which is Greek for "Persian City".
- The King's eyes were like enforcers that visited the Satraps, they over watched kings orders.