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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

033 - The "Great King" Darius

In this episode, we discuss the ascension of Darius to the Persian throne; his consolidation of the empire and eastern campaigns; Zoroastrianism and the role Ahura-Mazda played in his reign; and his reform program, with a special focus on his creation of a new script (Old Persian), his new capital of Persepolis, his bureaucratic satrapies, the Royal Road, his "sort of" Red Sea/Nile River canal, and the creation of and influence of the gold "Daric"

522 BC - Darius wins civil war and is crowned king of Persia
522-520 BC - Darius puts down revolts throughout the empire
519-515 BC - Darius campaigns east into modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
519 BC - Construction of the new royal capital at Persepolis begins
515 BC - Construction of the Royal Road begins

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Supplementary Resources (Videos, Photos, Other Podcasts)

Video/Zoroastrianism (Khan Academy)


Recommended Podcast Episodes:
***Wonders of the World - The Staircases of Persepolis

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