Persiapûr´zhə, –shə [key], old alternate name for the Asian country Iran. The article Iran contains a description of the geography and economy of the modern country and a short account of its history since the Arab invasion of the 7th cent. This article is concerned with the history of the ancient Persian Empire, in which present-day Iran has its roots.
Sections in this article:
- Origins of the Persian Empire
- The Achaemenids
- The Seleucids and the Parthian Empire
- The Sassanid Dynasty
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