Engineering An Empire

Season 1 Episode 10

The Persians

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 04, 2006 on The History Channel
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The Persians
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The Persian Empire was one of the most mysterious civilizations in the ancient world. Persia became an empire under the Cyrus the Great, who created a policy of religious and cultural tolerance that became the hallmark of Persian rule.

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      • Narrator: Ancient Persia, fearless, formidable, unrelenting, for ages shrouded in mystery, an empire unparalleled in conquest and riches. From North Africa to Asia it was a civilization driven by a dynasty of extraordinary rulers, ambitious and all powerful. The Persian Empire created some of the most astonishing feats of engineering the world has ever seen. Magnificent palaces that rose up from barren desert, roadways, bridges and canals, but dark clouds were on the horizon. An ancient rivalry with Greece would erupt into an epic clash and change the course of history and shape the western world for thousands of years to come.

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      • Commentators:

        Professor David Stronach
        University of California, Berkeley

        Patrick Hunt, PhD
        Stanford University

        Kaveh Farrokh, PhD
        Historian

        Abbas Alizadeh, PhD
        University of Chicago

        Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, PhD
        University of Edinburgh

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