#Cyrus Achaemenid King of #Iran ......In scope and extent his achievements ranked far above that of the Macedonian king, Alexander who was to demolish the country in the 320s but failed to provide any stable alternative. —Charles Freeman in 'The Greek Achievement'
ARCHITECTURE: Aerial view of the ruins at Persepolis. Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis date from around 515 BCE.
Alexander the Great's generals invented the diadem, from the verb "diadeo," or fasten, when they carved his empire into pieces after his death in 332 BC. From ancient Bactria, this coin features Diodotus Soter wearing a white-ribbon diadem. He was a governor of Bactria (c. 250 BC) under Seleucid, one of Alexander’s generals. In ancient times, Bactria was a far-eastern part of the Persian Empire, not part of Afghanistan.
Depicted in this portrait is Alexander the Great. During the play, Hamlet makes an allusion to Alexander the Great stating that when a man dies he looks no different and does the same thing as a man with such a great historical legacy such as Alexander.
Darius I Persepolis Gold Plates; These plates were found by archeologists in 1938 in Persepolis near modern day Shiraz, Iran. There were two gold plates and two silver plates in a stone box written on in cuneiform script. The plates date to 518 – 515 BC. The text found on each of the plates was the same: “Darius the great king, king of the kings, king of countries, son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenid king. King Darius says: This is the kingdom which I hold, from the Sacae who are beyond Sogdia…