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History of Persia

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

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86: Old Enemies, New Friends
The Spartan Invasion of Anatolia continues. The incompetent Thibron was replaced first by Derkylidas, then by the Spartan King Agesilaus himself. Agesilaus' successes led to the final downfall of Tissaphernes, only to be completely undone with the arrival of Persia's newest ally: Athens. Patreon | Support Page | STORE  Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
42:10 11/28/2022
85: The Spartan War
We continue following the 10,000 mercenaries, straight into the Spartan Invasion of the Persian Empire. What? You thought the Greeks stopped caring just because Cyrus dead? Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
41:37 11/05/2022
84: The 10,000 (aka Armenia III)
The long awaited march of the 10,000 Greek mercenaries from Cyrus the Younger's forces back toward Greece has begun. Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
50:25 10/22/2022
Bonus 30 Preview
A preview of Bonus episode 30, a review of Persians: Age of the Great Kings on Patreon.com/HistoryOfPersia --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
06:39 10/20/2022
HoPful Media Announcement (and Greek Coins)
Introducing HoPful Media, an overarching brand name that doesn't mean much now but might in the future. Plus a minisode about Greek coinage circulating in the Achaemenid Empire. Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
32:02 10/18/2022
2022 Mehregan Holiday Special!
Jashn-e Mehregan mubarak everyone! This year's roving holiday special is all about the traditional Feast of Mithra and the yazata it honors. Grab some sharbat, maybe a bowl of pistachios, and settle in for festivities ancient and modern with a healthy side of all of Mithra's awesome and badass jobs in the cosmos. Vulgar History - Listen Now! Apple | Spotify | RSS | Website Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
55:50 10/01/2022
83: Routine Maintenance
We follow the Spartan general, Clearchus, as he was taken into captivity in Babylon before following the royal court off to the building projects and border disputes of Artaxerxes II's empire. The Alexander Standard -Listen Now! Apple | Google | RSS | Website Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
48:21 09/26/2022
Solidarity with the Iranian People
In the last 8 days, at time of posting,  the country of Iran has been rocked by a nationwide uprising in response to the brutal murder of Zhina (Mahsa) Amini, a 22 year old Kurdish woman from the city of Saqqez who was living in Tehran. She was beaten into a coma by the Gasht-e Ershad, the Iranian morality police, and died in custody shortly after on September 16, 2022. Her crime? Being in public without a Hijab. This is my small contribution to that. As a platform innately connected to Iran and its history, I want to express the History of Persia Podcast’s unequivocal support for all those resisting oppression and theocracy in Iran. Beyond simply lending my voice to the international chorus cheering them on, I also hope that I can at least provide some exposure for the regime’s violence and the resistance against it by directing my listeners and social media followers toward sources of information. My ongoing Twitter thread The Federation of Anarchism Era Website | Twitter @asranarshism | Twitter @anarshist | Instagram | Facebook Outro music: "Bella Ciao" translated in Farsi by Daniela Sepehri Find her on Facebook | Bella Ciao Video The Revolutions Podcast anarchism episodes: Website | Apple | Spotify --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
14:36 09/24/2022
82: Debrief of the Brothers
After the battle of Cunaxa, both sides were left to deal with the fallout. In Babylon, Artaxerxes II and his supporters celebrated victory and punished treason. In the detritus of the battlefield, Cyrus the Younger's supporters were left to pick up the pieces and start their long walk home. Tsar Power Podcast - Listen Now! Apple | Spotify | RSS Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
52:19 09/20/2022
81: Cunaxa
After 6 months on the road, Cyrus the Younger and Artaxerxes II face off to decide who will be King of Kings, deciding the course of Achaemenid History forever after.  Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
36:13 09/11/2022
80: On the March
In 401 BCE, Cyrus the Younger set out with an army of supporters and mercenaries to defeat his brother, Artaxerxes II, and claim the Persian throne for himself. But first they had to get there. Grand Dukes of the West Apple | Spotify | RSS | Website Merch On Sale Now! Go to HistoryOfPersia.LaunchCart.store Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
36:30 09/02/2022
79: Cyrus III
Cyrus the Younger returned to Sardis as Karanos in 404 BCE, still nursing dreams of becoming king. Over the next three years he quietly built up an army of mercenaries and prepared his subjects for war, gathering them under false pretenses to march against his brother, King Artaxerxes II. So You Think You Can Rule Persia? - Listen Now! Apple | Spotify | RSS Merch On Sale Now! Go to HistoryOfPersia.LaunchCart.store Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
34:48 08/27/2022
78: Robe and Dagger
In 404 BCE, Darius II died. The king's death sparked fierce but quiet competition for the throne between the supporters of Cyrus the Younger and Darius's chosen heir, Arsakes. Arsakes did become King Artaxerxes II, but not without having to settle this conflict. Warlords of History Podcast Merch On Sale Now! Go to HistoryOfPersia.LaunchCart.store Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
35:21 08/17/2022
77: The Yashts
A collection of early Zoroastrian prayers to the various Yazatas, the Yashts are some of the only surviving sources that provide a detailed window into the more polytheistic aspects of ancient Iran. As a bonus, they partially stem from myths and legends as told in the Achaemenid period. Merch On Sale Now! Go to HistoryOfPersia.LaunchCart.store Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
58:58 08/06/2022
Summer 22 Update + History of Saqartvelo Georgia Episode
A bit of an update on why I said I was back on track and then immediately jumped off the track. History of Saqartvelo Georgia Episode: https://historyofsaqartvelo.com/alt-home/episodes/episodes-ep-21/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
02:43 07/12/2022
Review - King of the World by Matt Waters
King of the World: The Life of Cyrus the Great by Matt Waters is a new biography of the first Persian King of Kings from Oxford University Press. I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced PDF copy to review. In short, it's an excellent introduction to both the life of Cyrus and Achaemenid Studies as a field. Almost all shortcomings are more the product of the subject rather than the biographer. For more, give it a listen. Order King of the World from Amazon Listen on Audible Download for Kindle Intelligent Speech Conference 2022! Buy tickets with promo code Persia Merch On Sale Now! Go to HistoryOfPersia.LaunchCart.store Sign Up For The History Buffs at TheHistoryBuffs.com/HistoryOfPersia Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
35:13 06/23/2022
76: The Greater Persepolis Area
The Achaemenid capital city at Persepolis wasn't really much of a city in the traditional sense, but that doesn't mean it was just a palace. A Persepolis Metropolitan Area stretched at least 5km out in every direction, and there have been some exciting finds there as well. We'll also look at the area surrounding the other Persian palace cities. Merch On Sale Now! Go to HistoryOfPersia.LaunchCart.store Intelligent Speech Conference 2022! Buy tickets with promo code Persia Sign Up For The History Buffs at TheHistoryBuffs.com/HistoryOfPersia Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
39:33 06/09/2022
Merch Announcement! (and Satrap Coins)
Breaking News! The History of Persia Podcast now has merch, swag, gear, and other physical items to show off how much you like ancient Persia and this podcast. Plus, there's one last group of coins from the Achaemenid Empire that I want to talk about. Merch On Sale Now! Go to HistoryOfPersia.LaunchCart.store Intelligent Speech Conference 2022!Buy tickets with promo code Persia Sign Up For The History Buffs at TheHistoryBuffs.com/HistoryOfPersia Patreon | Support Page | STORE Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
42:07 06/03/2022
75: The Education of Cyrus
Cyrus the Younger obviously graduated early, but what exactly did he learn in ancient Persian school? Hunting, fitness, soldiery, science, and religion amongst many other things in a complex noble educational system. Intelligent Speech Conference 2022! Buy tickets with promo code Persia Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
39:10 05/27/2022
74: The Temple of Yahweh
No, the other one. In Egypt. The best source of information on events Egypt under Darius II comes from the letters of the Jewish diaspora community in southern Egypt and their temple on the island of Elephantine. They also tell the story of a dramatic confrontation between the Jews and their Egyptian neighbors that ended in forced reconciliation. Intelligent Speech Conference 2022! Buy tickets with promo code Persia Sign Up For The History Buffs at TheHistoryBuffs.com/HistoryOfPersia Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
56:44 05/20/2022
73: The Karanos
In 408 BCE, Darius II decided the Ionian War called for more drastic, teenage measures. He sent the 16 year old Prince Cyrus to rule western Anatolia as Karanos, a supreme military authority. Cyrus did everything in his power to enable his new Spartan allies' victory against Athens. Sign Up For The History Buffs at TheHistoryBuffs.com/HistoryOfPersia Intelligent Speech Conference 2022! Buy tickets with promo code Persia Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
32:56 05/13/2022
72: The Ionian War
Despite their defeat in Sicily, the tales of Athenian demise in 413 BCE were greatly exaggerated. In 411, Athens and Sparta began to clash again and protracted tug-of-war in the Aegean even as Athens itself was seized by political upheavals. Intelligent Speech Conference 2022! Buy tickets with promo code Persia Sign Up For The History Buffs at TheHistoryBuffs.com/HistoryOfPersia Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
32:34 05/06/2022
71: New Friends, Old Enemies
Darius II's reign in Anatolia saw the Persian reconquest of Ionia and the Greek cities of west Asia. This was only accomplished with the aid of a surprising ally: Sparta and the Peloponnesian League. Persepolis Reimagined by Getty.edu Intelligent Speech Conference 2022! Buy tickets with promo code Persia Sign Up For The History Buffs at TheHistoryBuffs.com/HistoryOfPersia Bonus Episode: Athens Under Artaxerxes on Patreon Bonus Episode: Athenian War Under Artaxerxes on Patreon Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
53:16 04/28/2022
70: Darius Do Over, AKA Armenia II
The reign of Darius II was chaotic. It is impossible to cover everything, everywhere, all at once. So today, we're covering the interior of the empire as it was racked by civil war and rebellion for the better part of 20 years. Sign Up For The History Buffs at TheHistoryBuffs.com/HistoryOfPersia Bonus Episode: Armenia I Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
39:55 04/21/2022
69! Musical Thrones
After 41 years on the throne, Artaxerxes I died in December 424 BCE. Much of his family had passed away over the decades, but he probably didn't expect his only legitimate heir to follow close behind him. Nevertheless, two bastard sons saw this as their time to shine. Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
28:24 04/09/2022
68: The Other Gods That Are
Any discussion of Achaemenid religion is bound to be fascinating, but that discussion isn't bound to Zoroastrianism. This one's abut all the other gods worshipped in Persia itself. Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
36:00 04/02/2022
67: The Empire of Artaxerxes
At just over 40 years on the throne, Artaxerxes I was the second-longest reigning Achaemenid king. This is an episode for all of the little things and less detailed stories that played out in that time. From a new status quo in the west to dramatic building projects in the east, Artaxerxes was a busy guy. Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
40:32 03/26/2022
66: The Syrian Civil War
The story of the Megabyzid family conveniently flows from a solid recap of the story so far straight into the next major event in Achaemenid history: the very first satrap's revolt, complete with Greek mercenaries and royal family drama. Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
26:27 03/12/2022
65: The Peace of Callias
The treaty known as the Peace of Callias supposedly ended the second Greco-Persian War with a formal agreement between Athens and Persia. However, its very existence is the topic of intense historical debate. Despite this, hostilities did cease in 449 BCE, so something must have happened, right? Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
31:56 02/26/2022
64: Fight to the End
The city of Memphis spent almost five years under siege from 459-454 BCE, as the rebel Pharaoh Inaros tried to take the Egyptian capital and oust the Persian government with the aid of the Athenians. When Persian reinforcements arrived, the rebellion was swept aside with apparent ease. Inaros was captured and Athens was sent reeling, only to make one final attempt on Persian territory in Cyprus. Patreon | Support Page Twitter | Facebook | Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-of-perisa/support
34:52 02/08/2022