History of Persia

History of Persia

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A podcast dedicated to the history of Persia, and the great empires that ruled there beginning with the Achaemenid Empire of Cyrus the Great and the foundation of an imperial legacy that directly impacted ancient civilizations from Rome to China, and everywhere in between. Join me as we explore the cultures, militaries, religions, successes, and failures of some of the greatest empires of the ancient world. All credits available on the website (https://historyofpersiapodcast.com/) Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support


39: Rise of Achaemeneis
Aug 10 • 47 min
Our sources for Achaemenid history are clearly biased towards the stories of men in the ancient world, but we actually know a lot about Achaemenid women. To fully understand the whole royal family, it’s time to get a better understanding of the role Royal…
38: The Last Battle
Jul 18 • 56 min
Nearly a decade after Aristagoras first went into revolt, and longer since the Athenians had reneged on their offerings of earth and water, the Persian Army came to take Darius’ revenge on Athens. For the first time, a Persian army landed on the Greek…
37: Greece Awakens
Jul 3 • 35 min
Even once the Ionian cities themselves were defeated, the consequences of their Revolt were ongoing. In 492 BCE, a new general, Mardonius, took to the field to settle matters in the Balkans. Two years later, the Persians turned their sites on Athens and…
36: Return of the Tyrannoi
Jun 22 • 25 min
Even with Miletus defeated, the other rebel cities in shambles, Cyprus under control, and their armies victorious, the Persians had not heard the last of Ionian resistance. While the Greek rebels were fighting against the Persian Empire, the deposed…
35: The Empire Strikes Back
Jun 4 • 33 min
It is a dark time for the Ionian Revolt. Although Sardis has been destroyed, Persian troops have driven the Rebel forces from Aeolis and pursued them across Anatolia. Facing the renewed Persian Fleet, a group of Greek cities led by Dionysius of Phocaea…
34: A New Fleet
May 21 • 28 min
While three Persian land armies were spreading out over western Anatolia to contain and defeat the Ionian Greek rebels and their allies, a fourth army was headed to the island of Cyprus. The Cypriot King of Salamis, Onesilos had usurped his brother’s…
Interview 1: Dr. Michael Bonner
May 11 • 64 min
This time I have something a little different. In place of a regular narrative episode this week, I have my recent interview with Dr. Michael Bonner, author of the new book: The Last Empire of Iran. This jumps far ahead of our current point in the…
Welcome to Lyceum
Apr 28 • 5 min
The History of Persia is now on Lyceum! Lyceum is a new podcast app with a hand-curated catalog of high quality educational podcasts ranging from history to science to politics to arts. It’s a really awesome app that I personally recommend. It is also a…
33: Revenge of the Persians
Apr 24 • 23 min
After the shocking attack on Sardis, many more Greek cities joined the Ionian Revolt, despite Persian victory at Ephesus. In 497 BCE, three land campaigns were launched by three Persian generals: Daurises, Hymaies, and Otanes. After a series of lightning…
32: Begun, the Greek Wars Have
Apr 10 • 34 min
To prepare ourselves for their role in the coming wars between Persian the Greek city states, I’m explaining the history and politics of Archaic Athens, from their first adoption of oligarchy rather than monarchy, down through the adoption of democracy,…
31: The Naxos Incident
Mar 26 • 33 min
At the end of the 6th century BCE, a group of exiled aristocrats from the island of Naxos inadvertently set off a chain of events that would eventually lead to such famous battles as Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis. They asked the Milesian Tyrant,…
Achaemenid Nowruz! 2020 Holiday Special
Mar 20 • 26 min
To celebrate the Persian New Year’s festival of Nowruz, check out the 2nd Sort-of Annual Holiday Special, exploring the New Year’s celebrations of the Achaemenid Empire. Called Navasarda at that time, many of the traditions associated with the modern…
30: Persia City
Mar 6 • 36 min
This time it’s just one episode for a different kind of tour. Explore the early phases of construction at Susa and Persepolis under Darius the Great. The grand Apadana audience halls with their splendid columns. The lavishly decorated palaces built to…
29: The Grand Tour, Part 4
Feb 13 • 30 min
It’s the final stage of the tour! Our trip through the Persian Empire wraps up with three central provinces of the empire, located in western Iran. This time it’s Susiana, Media, and Parsa itself. We’ll traverse everything from rundown ancient kingdoms,…
28: The Grand Tour, Part 3
Feb 13 • 39 min
The tour of the Persian Empire continues. This time I’m going through the empire within the empire to dissect Assyria and Babylonia. Within these two satrapies, there were many important administrative districts and geographic divisions including Judea,…
Happy Birthday
Feb 12 • 7 min
Today is the one year anniversary of launching the History of Persia podcast. Thank you all so much for your support and interest this past year! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
27: The Grand Tour, Part 2
Jan 30 • 41 min
The tour of the Persian Empire continues, this time covering the western Satrapies. I’m exploring the details and histories of the Persian provinces starting with Armenia and moving counter clockwise, through Anatolia and Europe, over the Mediterranean,…
26: The Grand Tour, Part 1
Jan 17 • 55 min
With the Persian Empire at its greatest ever extent, it’s time to start a tour of the empire. We’re travelling east, out of Parsa, and following the excellent maps of Ian Mladjov counter-clockwise through the eastern provinces. From Karmana to India, to…
Holiday Special 2019
Dec 24, 2019 • 21 min
Happy Holidays Everyone! In place of a regular episode this week, we have the first annual History of Persia Holiday Special. Regardless of what holidays you’re celebrating, or not, I have a surprise topic to cover by audience request this week. Please…
25: Behistun
Dec 13, 2019 • 33 min
It’s finally time to talk about the famous Behistun Inscription, commissioned by Darius to commemorate his victories over “Gaumata” and the rebel kings he faced from 522 - 518 BCE. It is part propaganda, part epic, part origin story, and part religious…
24: Darius the Great
Nov 26, 2019 • 30 min
With most of the Persian Empire firmly under his control in 519 BCE, Darius the Great set off to earn that title by conquering surrounding territories and spreading Achaemenid territory to its greatest ever extent. He pushed the boundaries of the known…
23: The Lyin’ Kings
Nov 12, 2019 • 27 min
Picking right back up in the late summer of 521 BCE, I’m talking about the rest of the rebellions against Darius. That’s the last three campaigns against the Liar Kings from the Behistun Inscription, the strangely absent rebellion in Egypt, and the other…
22: Putting Out Fires
Oct 30, 2019 • 41 min
No sooner was Bardiya dead, than the newly minted King Darius had to turn his attention on rebellious subjects. One satrapy after the next went into revolt at the end of 522 BCE, and Darius spent most of his first year on the throne directing his armies…
21: The Faith of the Magi
Oct 15, 2019 • 39 min
After all that business with Gaumata that Magos, I figured we had time to keep talking about magi. This episode explores the religious developments and beliefs in Persia during the Achaemenid period. I’m focusing on Zoroastrianism, but also discussing how…
20: The Forgotten King
Oct 2, 2019 • 24 min
522 BCE was a crazy year for the Persian Empire. That was the year that Bardiya - or maybe Gaumata - seized power. He overturned his brother and ruled the empire to try and save it. He halted rebellion and made peace with the nobility. However, nobody can…
19: Three Kings and The Magi
Sep 17, 2019 • 46 min
In 522 BCE, the Persian Empire sat on the edge of Chaos. Between March and September of that year, 3 men sat on the Persian throne, and according to the official royal history one of those kings was actually impersonated by a couple of magi. This episode…
18: The Tyrant and The Kings
Sep 3, 2019 • 29 min
The story of Polykrates, the Tyrant of Samos, intersects repeatedly with the history of the Persian empire during his life. From his rise to power in the vacuum left when Miletus was conquered, to his alliance with Egypt against the Persians, and finally…
Announcement 01: Croeseids
Aug 28, 2019 • 20 min
Hello everyone! I’ve got some announcements, updates, and news about the show for you, and as a little bonus for listening to my fundraising spiel, there’s a mini-episode on the history of the world’s first coinage at the end. Thank you everybody! Patreon…
17: The Mad King
Aug 20, 2019 • 24 min
The story of Cambyses isn’t just the conquest of Egypt, but also the dark side of it. According to Herodotus Cambyses was a mad king, driven to paranoia and acts of terrible violence while he was Egypt. The Greek Historian, as well as the Behistun…
16: Pharaoh Cambyses
Aug 6, 2019 • 37 min
In 525 BCE, the Persian army crossed into Egypt, in what seems to have been the culmination of years of antagonism between the the new empire and the last great kingdom of the Near East. To accomplish his task, the new King of Kings, Cambyses, mustered…
15: The Army That Conquered The World
Jul 23, 2019 • 28 min
In preperation for Cambyses’ invasion of Egypt, we’re covering the early Persian armies. These are the armies that helped Cyrus the Great conquer the known world. They started as troops levied from Persia and Media, but grew to incorporate every facet of…
14: Princes, Princesses, Kings, and Queens
Jul 9, 2019 • 28 min
The narrative lurches forward again with a discussion of the new cast, so to speak. Meet Cambyses, Atossa, Bardiya, Artystone, and Roxane, the children of Cyrus the Great, and the new royal family of the Persian Empire. This time I’m breaking down…
13: Kingship 101
Jun 26, 2019 • 28 min
What did it mean to be an early king of Persia? They were divine, but not quite. Warriors and economists. The king of Persia, but also Babylon, Egypt, and many other lands. Legitimacy came in many forms, and this episode explores them. —- Support this…
12: Iranian Religion
Jun 11, 2019 • 40 min
It’s time to introduce religion into the mix, starting with the origins and background of ancient Iranian traditions in general, and then narrowing in on the most famous and significant: Zoroastrianism. This episode explores the traditions and gods of the…
11: King of Kings
May 28, 2019 • 28 min
Returning to the narrative, it’s time to see what Cyrus got up to in the final decade of his rule, after conquering Babylon. He traveled around his empire, between a collection of important capital cities, founded cities, and constructed monuments. He…
10: Governing An Empire
May 13, 2019 • 29 min
What exactly is a Satrap? Is there such a thing as a Satrapy? How did all of these people manage to talk to one another? All this, and more as the History of Persia celebrates double-digits with a break down of how the Persian Empire was actually…
9: Who Are You Again?
Apr 30, 2019 • 28 min
This time we’re taking a break from the narrative for a bit. Now that this show has all of Cyrus’s major conquests under its belt, its probably worth getting a sense of what these Persians were actually like. This episode covers art, architecture,…
8: Fill in the Titles
Apr 16, 2019 • 40 min
Cyrus the Great has finally completed his conquests in our narrative. I break down the Cyrus Cylinder, the official record of what he did next, one section at a time. In this episode, I shamelessly take advantage of current events and link Persian history…
7: The Writing on the Wall
Apr 8, 2019 • 41 min
In Babylon, October of 539 BCE began in the 17th year of the reign of Nabonidus, but it ended in the 1st year of Cyrus. In this episode Cyrus the Great carries out his final campaign against Babylon. Our sources tell us that after a few short battles, the…
6: Introducing Ionia
Mar 26, 2019 • 37 min
Cyrus’s generals take the reins for a bit and the Persian conquerors face their most grueling task yet: subduing the Ionian Greek city states. Persia’s first interaction with the Greek speaking world was a drawn out, and possibly brutal conquest of the…
5: Crossing the Halys
Mar 11, 2019 • 35 min
Just as Cyrus the Great, now officially the King of Persia, was consolidating his hold over the recently conquered Median Empire, a new war started. This time, the Persians were facing Lydia, the fabulously wealthy Anatolian kingdom ruled by King Croesus.…
4: Cyrus II, King of Anshan
Feb 25, 2019 • 27 min
Around 550 BCE, King Cyrus II of Anshan went into revolt against the Median King Astyages. The young Cyrus was aided by a rebellious Median general called Harpagus and conquered the whole Median Empire in one war. Then, Cyrus declared himself King of…
3: Babylonians and Medes
Feb 11, 2019 • 27 min
We’re bringing the stories from the last two episodes together now. The Medes and the Babylonians joined forces, beat the Assyrians and the Egyptians, and then divided up the Near East between themselves as they built their own empires. After this, I…
2: Indo-Iranians
Feb 11, 2019 • 27 min
Last time, we got up to speed on what was going on in the Near East in the centuries before the Persians showed up. What we didn’t cover, was who exactly are these “Persians,” and what were they doing while their future empire was being taken over by the…
1: Assyria and Setting the Stage
Feb 11, 2019 • 27 min
Here we go, episode 1! Now, as much as I want to get to Persian history, we should probably know at least a little bit about the world before the Persians got there, so this is you lightspeed tour of the Near East, from about 1200 BCE to 616 BCE. Maps for…
0: Introduction
Feb 11, 2019 • 11 min
Welcome Everyone! This is the introductory episode to the show, just so you can get an idea for the premise for the show, who I am as a host, and a couple of disclaimers before diving into the narrative of Persian history. —- Support this podcast:…