Cyrus II of Persia (c. 600 – 530 BC) was the founder of

Cyrus II of Persia (c. 600 – 530 BC) was the founder of

3/6/2021, 8:53:10 AM
Cyrus II of Persia (c. 600 – 530 BC) was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, the first Persian Empire . Under his rule, the empire embraced all the previous civilized states of the ancient Near East  expanded vastly and eventually conquered most of Western Asia and much of Central Asia. From the Mediterranean Sea and Hellespont in the west to the Indus River in the east, Cyrus the Great created the largest empire the world had yet seen Under his successors, the empire eventually stretched at its maximum extent from parts of the Balkans (Bulgaria-Paeonia and Thrace-Macedonia) and Eastern Europe proper in the west, to the Indus Valley in the east. The reign of Cyrus the Great lasted about thirty years. Cyrus built his empire by first conquering the Median Empire, then the Lydian Empire, and eventually the Neo-Babylonian Empire. He led an expedition into Central Asia, which resulted in major campaigns that were described as having brought "into subjection every nation without exception  Cyrus did not venture into Egypt, and was alleged to have died in battle, fighting the Massagetae along the Syr Darya in December 530 BC.]but Xenophon said Cyrus did not die in battle and he returned to the capital again. He was succeeded by his son, Cambyses II, who managed to conquer Egypt, Nubia, and Cyrenaica during his short rule. Cyrus the Great respected the customs and religions of the lands he conquered This became a very successful model for centralized administration and establishing a government working to the advantage and profit of its subjects In fact, the administration of the empire through satraps and the vital principle of forming a government at Pasargadae were the works of Cyrus What is sometimes referred to as the Edict of Restoration (actually two edicts) described in the Bible as being made by Cyrus the Great left a lasting legacy on the Jewish religion. According to Isaiah 45:1 of the Hebrew Bible God anointed Cyrus for this task, even referring to him as a messiah (lit. 'anointed one') and he is the only non-Jewish figure in the Bible to be called so.

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