The Achaemenid Empire


Persian art. Achaemenid period. Apadana Palace. Ruins. First palace built under Darius I in the new capital, Persepolis. It stands on a plinth decorated with reliefs depicting the royal guard. 6th and 5th centuries B.C. Islamic Republic of Iran. (Photo by: Prisma/UIG via Getty Images)

The Achaemenid Empire was founded by Cyrus II in the 6th century B.C.E., and it became an empire unlike any the world had seen up to that point.

The ruins of Apadana Palace, the first palace built under Darius I in the new capital, Persepolis. It stands on a plinth decorated with reliefs depicting the royal guard. (Photo by: Prisma/UIG via Getty Images)

Topics in this Podcast: Middle Eastern history, antiquity, government, Iran