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E. Napp The Persian Empire In this lesson, students will identify characteristics of the Persian Empire. Students will be able to define and/of identify.

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1 E. Napp The Persian Empire In this lesson, students will identify characteristics of the Persian Empire. Students will be able to define and/of identify the following terms: Empire Persians Zoroastrianism Provinces

2 E. Napp The Persians built a vast empire.

3 E. Napp Empire An empire is a state that rules over several different cultures. The Persians were early empire builders. They conquered neighboring cultures. The Persians lived in present-day Iran.

4 E. Napp Iran is a country in Southwest Asia. Southwest Asia is called the Middle East.

5 E. Napp Persian Agriculture There was little rainfall in Persia. The Persians used underground water sources for farming. Underground water sources are called aquifers.

6 E. Napp Aquifers allowed people to farm away from rivers.

7 E. Napp Ruling a Vast Empire At the height of the Persian Empire, the Persians ruled a territory that stretched from the Nile River to the Indus River. To rule such a vast empire, the Persians divided their empire into provinces. Each province was ruled by a local official loyal to the Persian emperor.

8 E. Napp The Persians built roads to connect their vast empire.

9 E. Napp Conquered people paid tribute to the Persian emperor.

10 E. Napp Tribute is a payment from one ruler to another ruler. Paying tribute is a way to acknowledge the superior ruler. Persian Coins

11 E. Napp Zoroastrianism The Persians worshipped many gods until Zoroaster started a new religion in about 600 B.C. Zoroaster taught that there were two forces in the world: a force of good and a force of evil. People were free to choose which force to follow but they would be rewarded or punished in the afterlife.

12 E. Napp Zoroaster taught that the world is a battle between the God of good, Ahura Mazda, and the force of evil.

13 E. Napp Zoroastrians believe that fire is a symbol of their God.

14 E. Napp Questions for Reflection: Define empire. Where did the Persians live? What lands were conquered by the Persians? Why did the Persians build roads? Why did the Persians divide their empire into provinces? What do Zoroastrians believe?


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