Before we launch into our examination of Ancient Greece, we need to understand its nemesis, Ancient Persia.
- I want you to understand how the version of the Persians depicted in the film 300 is a reflection of a graphic novel, and has nothing to do with the Persians who attempted to conquer Greece in the 2500 years ago
- I want to provide more context before we launch into the Persian Wars
Cyrus the Great was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, located in modern-day Iran. Today, I will attempt to show you why he has earned the moniker Great. Here is the plan of attack:
- We need to take a look at two important documents that may provide some insight into Cyrus the Great. You might recognize one of the sources. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
- Why might Cyrus list all of his titles at the beginning of his declaration?
- Leaders traditionally enslaved other nations they had conquered. What were some potential benefits of allowing various ethnic groups to govern themselves?
- We will attempt our second lecture. In this mini-lecture, we will examine Cyrus’ rise to power.
- Finally, we will watch part of the a great documentary from Learn 36o. Remember to watch for Robocop. I’d also like you to consider the following question: what aspects of Ancient Persia indicate that it was not the intolerant, monstrous empire depicted in popular media like 300?