Just to get an idea of what we’re looking at – the origins of the ancient Persian Culture and Civilization.
The Achaemenid Empire – ruled by Cyrus the Great.
The Old Empire included Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, some of Greece, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of the Central Asian States, Kuwait, Palestine and parts of Libya. It bordered on India, China, and stretched towards Tunisia and Bulgaria.
It is called the First Empire of Mankind, and was later conquered by Alexander the Great.
But this period still remains the proudest part of Persian History and Identity.