Achaemenid Empire

The Achaemenid Empire (c. 550-330 BCE), sometimes known as First Persian Empire, was an empire in Southwest Asia, founded in the 6th century BCE by Cyrus the Great. It expanded to eventually rule over significant portions of the ancient world which at around 500 BCE stretched from the Indus Valley in the east, to Thrace and Macedon on the northeastern border of Greece.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Ahwar of Southern Iraq Esagila Temple in Uruk
Bam Cultural Landscape The origins of Bam can be traced back to the Achaemenid period
Bisotun features remains from the prehistoric times to the Median, Achaemenid, Sassanian, and Ilkhanid periods
Kunya-Urgench Urgench was the capital of the Khorezm region, part of the Achaemenid Empire
Pasargadae Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great
Susa Under the Achaemenids, and particularly from Darius' reign, Susa was one of the elected residences of the Kings. (AB ev)
Taxila "The Bhir mound is the earliest historic city of Taxila and was probably founded in the 6th century BC by the Achaemenids" (AB eval and UNESCO Web site)


Do you know of another WHS we could connect to Achaemenid Empire?

Send it to me!

A connection should:

  1. Not be "self evident"
  2. Link at least 3 different sites
  3. Not duplicate or merely subdivide the "Category" assignment already identified on this site.
  4. Add some knowledge or insight (whether significant or trivial!) about WHS for the users of this site
  5. Be explained, with reference to a source