Cyrus the Great

The King of Kings

By Dante Lozano, Yasmin Villa and Christopher Perez

The Beginning

Cyrus II of Persia, also known as Cyrus the Great, was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire and he ruled from 580 BCE to 530 BCE. He has a son who was his successor named Darius I who also played a huge role in Persian history.

What did he do?

He combined the two Iranian tribes, the Medes and the Persians, to make the Achaemenid Empire which he ruled without knowing that he was about to create one of the largest empires known to man. He is also thought to be the first person to have a primary idea of human rights according to the "Cyrus the Great Cylinder." He was also known as how fair he was to his people while he was King. He also separated the huge empire into 20 equal satrapies, which were like states and he put a satrap in each one.

His important role in Persian history is that he was the first ruler of the Achaemenid Empire

He was known for how he treated his enemies after he defeated them.

Do We Think He Was A Good Leader?

We indeed think he was a good leader not only for treating his people well but also his enemies. It is surprising that even after having so much power he did not do terrible things to other empires for no apparent reason, it is rare to find a good caring leader with such power.
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This is how big was the Achaemenid Empire in 500 BCE and their equal satrapies.