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Book: First Civilizations

Chapter: 17 The Persians

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.18675


This chapter shows how by the middle of the first millennium BC, a new group from the east -- the Achaemenids, the ruling dynasty of the Persian empire, wrested power in Egypt. Topics covered include:

- the Medes and the Persians

- Cyrus the Great

- Camyses II and the conquest of Egypt

- Darius I

- administering the empire

- Darius I in Egypt

- Egyptian rebellion against the Persians

- the Egyptian rebellion of 486 BC

- the return of Egyptian independence

Chapter Contributors

  • Robert Chadwick ( - book-auth-70) 'Bishop's University'