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Persian Empires558-83 BCE

Persia became a conduit for ideas and products that passed among the Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, and India. In time, distinctive Persian religious beliefs emerged, in particular Zoroastrianism, whose monotheism exerted a profound influence on the three monotheistic world religions that followed: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Anatolia

Egypt

Babylonia

558-330 BCE

Achaemenid Empire

When the Achaemenids of Iran conquered Mesopotamia, they adopted the Mesopotamian system of government, in which governors administered outlying provinces for the central government (an example of cross-cultural interactions!).At its peak under Darius I, the Persian state extended from Egypt and the Aegean Sea in the west to the Indus River in modern day Pakistan, a distance of 3,000 kilometers!