Did you know that the Achaemenid Persian empire was the largest that the ancient world had ever seen? The Persian empire, extending from Anatolia and Egypt across western Asia to northern India and Central Asia, lasted from 550 until circa 330 B.C. when Alexander the Great defeated it. According to Metmuseum.org, It started when King Astyages of Media who dominated much of Iran and eastern Anatolia (Turkey), was defeated by his southern neighbor Cyrus II (“the Great”), king of Persia (r. 559-530 B.C.). Although the Persian Empire came to an inglorious end at the hands of Alexander the Great, it had a lasting legacy on the subsequent development of world civilizations and future empires. The Persian Empire, which dominated most of the Middle East, ruled over a great percentage of the world's population than any other empire in history. Indeed, in 480 B.C.E., the empire had a population of approximately 49.4 million people, which was 44 percent of the global population at that time. It was also the first to connect multiple regions of the world, including the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, India, Europe, and the Meditteranean World.
The Empire built became a pivotal one because it was the first true empire that set the standard of what it meant to be an empire for the future ones. Today, developers of empire-building games include Persian Empire settings for players to be able to experience to battle in one of the greatest empires in world history.
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