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2 Screenshot from 300, accessed at: Thanks a lot, 300!

3 I’m actually quite civilized once you get to know me…

4 Persian Empire At its greatest territorial extent Detail on Next Slide Map Credit: FabienkhanFabienkhan Map Credit: FabienkhanFabienkhan

5 Map Credit: FabienkhanFabienkhan Map Credit: FabienkhanFabienkhan Royal Road Trade Troops Trade Troops

6 Photo Credit: درفش کاویانی درفش کاویانی

7 King of Persia B.C. Conqueror of Babylon

8 Conquests of Cyrus the Great NOTE: The conquest of Egypt was completed by Cyrus’ son, Cambyses.

9 Cyrus Cylinder Photo Credit: PriorymanPrioryman “I sought the safety of the city of Babylon... The population of Babylon... had endured a yoke not decreed for them. I soothed their weariness; I freed them from their bonds.”

10 Cyrus Cylinder Photo Credit: PriorymanPrioryman CONQUEST = LIBERATION

11 Cyrus Cylinder R ebuilding of temples destroyed by the Babylonians R ebuilding of temples destroyed by the Babylonians R epatriation of conquered peoples displaced by the Babylonians R epatriation of conquered peoples displaced by the Babylonians R eligious Toleration Encouraged local faith customs R eligious Toleration Encouraged local faith customs Photo Credit: PriorymanPrioryman

12 Second Temple Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple.

13 God's Message to his anointed, to Cyrus, whom he took by the hand to give the task of taming the nations, of terrifying their kings: "I'll go ahead of you, clearing and paving the road. I, God, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name. It's because of my dear servant Jacob, Israel my chosen, That I've singled you out, called you by name, and given you this privileged work.” - Isaiah 45 A Messiah

14 Slavery was rare in the Persian Empire, where slavery as a punishment for debtors was illegal.

15 Women’s Rights Persian women could: own property supervise workers initiate divorce Further Reading

16 Zoroastrianism The Religion of Ancient Persia

17 Zoroaster (aka, Zarathustra) Zoroaster holding a star-studded globe in Raphael’s painting, The School of Athens Founder & Prophet of Zoroastrianism

18 Photo Credit: Robin CorpsRobin Corps

19 Ahura Mazda

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21 D ualism An eternal struggle between forces of good and evil

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25 The Purest Elements

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27 . Fire Temples Photo Credit: Nick TaylorNick Taylor

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29 It’s What’s for Dinner!

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31 Naci Yavuz

32 Over 125,000 Zoroastrians are spread across the globe. Zoroastrianism Today

33 Yezd Atash Behram (“Fire of Victory” Temple) in Yazd, Iran

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