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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/)

    Episode 26: The Grand Tour, Part 1

    Episode 26: The Grand Tour, Part 1

    With the Persian Empire at its greatest ever extent, it's time to start a tour of the empire. We're travelling east, out of Parsa, and following the excellent maps of Ian Mladjov counter-clockwise through the eastern provinces. From Karmana to India, to the steppe to Parthia and everywhere in between, to examine the little bit of information we have about the Persian east.

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    Holiday Special 2019

    Holiday Special 2019

    Happy Holidays Everyone! In place of a regular episode this week, we have the first annual History of Persia Holiday Special. Regardless of what holidays you're celebrating, or not, I have a surprise topic to cover by audience request this week. Please enjoy!



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    Episode 25: Behistun

    Episode 25: Behistun

    It's finally time to talk about the famous Behistun Inscription, commissioned by Darius to commemorate his victories over "Gaumata" and the rebel kings he faced from 522 - 518 BCE. It is part propaganda, part epic, part origin story, and part religious creed, declaring Darius' position over his hard-won empire. I go through the inscription step by step and give some of the history of the site beyond Darius. 

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    Episode 24: Darius the Great

    Episode 24: Darius the Great

    With most of the Persian Empire firmly under his control in 519 BCE, Darius the Great set off to earn that title by conquering surrounding territories and spreading Achaemenid territory to its greatest ever extent. He pushed the boundaries of the known world and established an empire that stretched that spanned nearly 4,000 miles from North Africa to the Indus River Valley.

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    Episode 23: The Lyin' Kings

    Episode 23: The Lyin' Kings

    Picking right back up in the late summer of 521 BCE, I'm talking about the rest of the rebellions against Darius. That's the last three campaigns against the Liar Kings from the Behistun Inscription, the strangely absent rebellion in Egypt, and the other rebels that  were excluded from the famous monument before concluding with personal betrayal for the new King of Kings.

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    Episode 22: Putting Out Fires

    Episode 22: Putting Out Fires

    No sooner was Bardiya dead, than the newly minted King Darius had to turn his attention on rebellious subjects. One satrapy after the next went into revolt at the end of 522 BCE, and Darius spent most of his first year on the throne directing his armies from place to place to try and hold the empire together. This time, I'm talking about Darius, the calendar, and the rebellious liar kings who sundered the Persian Empire.

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Customer Reviews

coxaes ,

thanks for a wonderful podcast

it is clear that a lot of work has gone into the research, review and presentation. Thank you so much!

J-bird_11 ,

Thank you

Persian history told in such a compelling and concise way. Trevor’s passion for his topic gives a calm confidence to the delivery of this epic timeline. Bravo!

Samori.Augusto ,

Always wanted this

I love this podcast. I’ve long wanted to know the history of Persia, and this podcast is the best way to do it, and I enjoy the way Trevor weaves the history.

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