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Darius I was the third king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. Also called Darius the Great, he ruled the empire at its very peak, when it included much of West Asia, the Caucasus, parts of the Balkans, most of the Black Sea coastal regions, parts of the North Caucasus, Central Asia, as far as the Indus Valley in the far east, and portions of north and northeast Africa including Egypt, eastern Libya… Read More

A bit of interesting research from my latest book, coming very soon!   Cyrus was born between 590 and 580 BCE, either in Media or, more probably, in Persis, the modern Fārs province of Iran. During his reign, he founded the Achaemenian Empire, centered on Persia and comprising the Near East from the Aegean Sea eastward to the Indus River. The figure of Cyrus has survived history as more than a great man… Read More