An essay discussing the great empires of the world, for example the persian, Cyrus, Athenian, etc....

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An empire is a political unit having a wide territory or comprising a number of territories and nations, they are ruled by a single supreme authority. When we always hear the word empire we always imagine a strong and powerful ruling over a country and a fairly large section of a region. Many empires have been built from scratch and brought to a higher plateau then they would imagine. Some have lasted for years and others have unsuccessfully been defeated for land and power. Four of the most powerful and long lasting empires of history and time were the Assyrians, the Persians, the Athenian and the Hellenistic. They defined and brought true meaning to the word empire. Many of them had similarities but they also had their differences with pride and judgment towards each other's conquests.

The Persians throughout their history lived peacefully in the region just north of the Persian Gulf, which is now modern day Iran.

They were called: Indo-European peoples who spoke a language similar to Sanskrit and who worshipped gods very similar to the gods of the Vedic period in India. Life was hard in the region they controlled, because the coastline afforded no harbors and the eastern region was mountainous making it hard for them to have a lot of agriculture. Much of there empire was developed through religion like most of the other civilizations like the

Mesopotamian. It was called Zarathustra, which meant Zoroaster in Greek, the man who created this new religion, and new gods captivated the spiritual and social imagination of the Persians. This developed many of the peoples chooses and everyday living in this long lasting empire. Zoroastrianism was a dualistic religion, which meant that the antagonistic forces of good and evil rule the world and that humans have two basic...