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A podcast dedicated to the history of Persia, and the great empires that ruled there beginning with the Achaemenid Empire of Cyrus the Great and the foundation of an imperial legacy that directly impacted ancient civilizations from Rome to China, and everywhere in between. Join me as we explore the cultures, militaries, religions, successes, and failures of some of the greatest empires of the ancient world.

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History of Persia Trevor Culley

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A podcast dedicated to the history of Persia, and the great empires that ruled there beginning with the Achaemenid Empire of Cyrus the Great and the foundation of an imperial legacy that directly impacted ancient civilizations from Rome to China, and everywhere in between. Join me as we explore the cultures, militaries, religions, successes, and failures of some of the greatest empires of the ancient world.

All credits available on the website (https://historyofpersiapodcast.com/) Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support

    90: The Conflagration

    90: The Conflagration

    As his generals struggled against Egypt, Artaxerxes dealt with their failures harshly - so harshly that his newest commander in the west rejected the Empire altogether. Fearing for his life whether he invaded Egypt or not, Datames quietly raised the rebel and tried to take all of Anatolia with him.


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    • 47 min
    89: Wars for the West

    89: Wars for the West

    With Greece and Cyprus once again at peace, it was time for the Persian Empire to pursue its war against Egypt once again. A new pharaoh takes the throne. Iphikrates attempts to reinvent the Greek soldier. Datames is on the rise. Artaxerxes is ascendant, and the King's Peace is left in the hand of his new Greek vassals.

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    • 52 min
    88: Peace At Last

    88: Peace At Last

    In 386 BCE, The Greco-Persian Wars finally came to an end when Artaxerxes II settled the Corinthian War by forcing the Greeks to accept The Kings Peace. For Persia, that was just the tip of the iceberg. With Greece settled, the western Satraps turned their attention to Cyprus, bringing King Evagoras of Salamis to heal in preperation for the long awaited invasion of Egypt.
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    • 47 min
    87: The Third Invasion

    87: The Third Invasion

    In 393 BCE, a Persian army landed in Greece and captured territory, marking the most successful invasion of Greek territory in a century. From there, the Aegean erupted into a quagmire of competing allegiances and revolts.

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    • 41 min
    Announcement: New Year's News (and Persepolis Payments)

    Announcement: New Year's News (and Persepolis Payments)

    An unexpected announcement episode to explain some of the changes that come with a new hosting platform, and how Persepolis' workforce may or may not have been paid in silver coinage.
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    • 20 min
    Bonus 32 Teaser

    Bonus 32 Teaser

    Xenophon's Cyropedia is a political treatise pretending to be a historical fiction novel pretending to be a biography of Cyrus the Great.


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Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

2 Ratings

BrightWonk ,

Long form & slow burn history podcasting at it’s best!

Definitely a hidden gem among history podcasts. Trevor Culley manages to breakdown complex historical events without simplifying anything. This podcast provides a much needed corrective about Persia’s place in antiquity without indulging in any romanticisation of any of the principal actors (Persians, Greeks etc.). The episodes around the development of Zoroastrian belief systems are particular fascinating. The other great thing about this podcast is that the creator allows the history to speak for itself. I rarely find my attention wandering during an episode run.

On the other hand, the podcast does suffer from the following shortcomings:
1. A distressing absence of modern day Iranian perspectives on Persian history. Not sure if the US sanctions of Iran are responsible for this. Despite the author’s efforts, a western lens on Persian history does sometimes creep into the narrative.
2. Most of the episodes focus on the stories of the western provinces in the Middle-East, Asia Minor and Egypt. Undoubtedly the poverty in written sources in the East is responsible. But there’s so much you end up missing as a result.
3. The skewed nature of sources does end up creating a glass half full situation for the listener. I’m forever thinking about what was happening in the eastern provinces at the time of events in the west.

These are minor points and shouldn’t stop anyone from checking out this podcast. Happy listening!

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