7 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Persian Empire

Cyrus Cylinder

Cyrus Cylinder. Source: Wikipedia

The Persian Empire, also known as The Achaemenid Empire, lasted from 550 until circa 330 BC when Alexander the Great defeated it. This ancient civilization was a very well-developed and fascinating nation in terms of culture and history. Below you can find some interesting facts you might not know about the Persian Empire.


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The Persians created World’s First Human Rights Charter

Although the Greeks were the ones who invented democracy, the world’s first human rights charter came to be in Persia, back in 539 BC. The charter, shaped like a cylinder, was created under the orders of King Cyrus the Great – the very founder of the Persian Empire. It contains the concepts that are familiar to anyone who’s ever read a human rights charter today – equality for all races, languages and religion. After all, the Persian Empire was quite diverse. The charter is written in the Akkadian language and is known as the Cyrus Cylinder.

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