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Engineering an Empire - The Persians - Part 1of5





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Published on Apr 8, 2007

The Persian Empire was one of the most mysterious civilizations in the

ancient world. Persia became an empire under the Cyrus the Great, who

created a policy of religious and cultural tolerance that became the

hallmark of Persian rule. Engineering feats include an innovative

system of water management; a cross-continent paved roadway stretching

1500 miles; a canal linking the Nile to the Red Sea; and the creation

of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Maussollos.

The rivalry between Persia and Athens led to a 30-year war known as the

Persian Wars, the outcome of which helped create the world we live in

today. Peter Weller hosts.


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