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History of the Persian Empire by AT Olmstead When Cyrus The Great entered Babylon in 539 BC The Persian Empire began Stretching from the Indus River to all the way to Egypt This Reign of power is considered a model for the future empires because of their justice system simplified religion hierarchy and roadway system Unlike some of the pharaohs in Egypt who collected any amount of tax anytime they wanted to the Persian rulers collected the taxes fairly There was no sudden increasing in tax amounts and no sky-high tax amounts Even though the Persian kings had the same power as a Pharaoh they did not abuse their power by being unfair in administrating justices They were fair to everyone Also the Persians won the favor of the priests and the loyalty of the people by appointed the kings and officials from the countries they have conquered as governors and let the people keep their own religions and laws This sounds familiar doesnt it the Romans practiced the same ideas to expand their empire The Persians only worshipped two gods one good god who symbolizes light was Ahura Mazda and the evil god symbolizes darkness and death was Ahriman This religion was developed by Zoroaster a great prophet and religious reformer in about 600 BC Zoroastrianism was a model because of its simpleness Unlike other early civilizations that worshipped many gods polytheism the Persians saved time and money by concentrating on two gods Another model from the Persians was the roadway system Because of roads the communication became stronger and faster not only that the trading process was better too Because of the roadway system everyone can travel faster and safer especially for the caravans If Cyrus the great didnt travel to Babylonia and started the ever conquering Persian Empire we probably would not have all these advantages and any fair justices if it were not for the Persian Empire it is likely that
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