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Darius I The Great Reign Arrogant powerful wise heroic conqueror and a superior leader are a few words that describe Dariuss I reign and the life that he lived Darius I is one of the greatest leaders of any nation to ever live Darius was always well dressed he was clearly distinguishable from others by his gold scepter long square beard fancy jewelry and a high flat-topped tiara He wore robes of purple embroidered in gold fine crimson trousers and boots He sat underneath a purple canopy all people were to fall or bow to the great king His great authority was reflected in his title Great King King of Kings or King of Persia His conquests are magical his reign is superior His ability to consolidate power over his great empire is amazing in its self He ruled for a thirty-six year period providing his empire with a new form of state organization From the military down to small provinces and courts Darius had left his mark on Persia His vast accomplishments helped Persia for many years to come If it werent for Alexander the Great Darius I would be a man everyone knows His great undertakings should not go unnoticed for he propelled Persia into an even greater empire Darius I great reign was inscribed on a gigantic rock face facing the main caravan route Ecbatana to Babylon Known as the Bisitun Inscription the inscription claims that he is the rightful successor as the King of Persia The throne was to be given to Gautmata pretending to be Cambyses brother In 522 BC Darius defeated Gautmata and took over as the Great King of Persia Darius took over as King at the young age of twenty-eight The first two years of his reign were spent suppressing rebellions the most famous in Babylon in 520 After he successfully crushed the rebellion Darius committed himself to reorganizing Persia and securing its outer borders He
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