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Tuesday, February 14, 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"

Video/The Religion that Shaped Ancient Iran

Video/Why were the Iranian Empires so Successful?

Video/Darius I and The Greatest Lie in History

Recommended Podcast Episodes for Further Listening:
Wonders of the World Episode 20 The Staircases of Persepolis

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