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Achaemenid Empire: A Captivating Guide to the First Persian Empire Founded by Cyrus the Great, and How This Empire of Ancient Persia Fought Against the Ancient Greeks in the Greco-Persian Wars

Narrated by: Duke Holm
Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
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Summary

Did you know that the Achaemenid Persian Empire stretched from North Africa to Central Asia? 

If ranked by population percentage, the Achaemenid Empire, also known as the First Persian Empire, is the largest Empire the world has ever seen with 44 percent of the world’s population belonging to it. 

But despite its remarkable conquests, riches, and astonishing achievements in fields such as engineering, the Achaemenid Empire has remained shrouded in mystery. 

But that is about to change. In this new captivating history audiobook, you will discover the truth about this startling empire. 

In Achaemenid Empire: A Captivating Guide to the First Persian Empire Founded by Cyrus the Great, and How This Empire of Ancient Persia Fought Against the Ancient Greeks in the Greco-Persian Wars you will:
 

  • Discover how the Achaemenid Empire got its start, as well as the conditions that allowed their culture to grow and prosper.
  • Learn how Cyrus the Great came to power and the remarkable ways in which he and his successors ruled the empire.
  • Get insights into the Achaemenid style of warfare, including rituals, strategies, and tactics they used to conquer their foes, as well as how they protected themselves against intruders.
  • Learn about the roles and obligations of the people, who and how they worshipped, including their beliefs.
  • Discover how the royalty lived in lavish luxury and how they had other people carry out their wishes.
  • Learn about the rituals that were part of their daily lives, and how those rituals were performed.
  • Discover little-known facts such as the cause that ultimately led to their downfall, the lessons learned from their history, and what we can take away as a modern society.
  • And much, much more!

So if you want to learn about the Achaemenid Persian Empire without having to go through boring textbooks, buy this audiobook today!

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Good lessons to keep in mind

Suggestions/comments that he could use in his highly technical/administrative position. Captivating History's study of Cyrus's leadership tactics remain timeless and is anyone in a leadership position.

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No wonder he is called great

I would like to recommend this book to anyone from the business industry up to historians with interest in Persia. Especially in the time, we are living this book is strongly recommended. It represents goodness over badness....humanity vs. inhumanity.

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Great book. More about leadership then historical fact. Suggested for anyone interested in books on virtue. I enjoyed it.

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An Amazing book


Great message, easy to understand. Almost enlightening in a way, gives an amazing first-hand perspective of good leadership qualities that should be idealized.

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I enjoyed the story

All in all, it is a great account byCaptivating History, with many insightful and inspirational one-liner and principles, which really can be applied in all situations of life.

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to the point

Wonderfully thorough, easy to follow!Great AUDIObook a Great Man.Just a touch too long, but factual, and to the point.

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Thanks again

Very well-written. This is a great audiobook for members of the educated public interested in knowing about Cyrus the Great and the Persian Empire. I really enjoyed listening to it.

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Includes many timeless principles

Especially those interested in the most likely events that really took place, not the skewed events that the Greeks wrote of many miles away.

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Wow!!!

I can only say that there is really no other audiobook on the life and work of Cyrus the Great that is as well analyzed as this book. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the life of Cyrus the Great ...

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Achaemenid Empire

Many subjects are discussed that illuminate--even with complete information--the Empire: the bureaucracy and governance structure of the Empire, religion, and ideology, succession crises as these occurred, the Persian economy and so on. All in all, despite the data problems, a fascinating work. . . .

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  • Ban
  • 25-06-19

Excellent research!

As an Iranian who reads a lot of history and loves her culture and county’s past, I must say that I found this extremely well written and researched.

I have two comments and criticisms. One is the narrator’s incorrect pronunciation of EYE-ran (actually pronounced E-raan) and the various other feasts, Gods, etc.

The second is that the book does not explain that to Iranians, the name of our country has always been Iran. Persia is a Greek word which is not in the least apt, as it only refers to Persepolis (again another Greek word which I am using for accessibility purposes) which was the ancient seat of power. It does not describe the peoples that came together under one nation. Iran in the Avesta meant: the land of the hospitable people.

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  • Amar Mirza
  • 24-06-19

Terrible book

I am super interested in the topic, but this book was awful. It frequently devolved into reading bullet points. This should have never been made into an audiobook and I'm pissed I paid for this. I'm finding another book on this same subject because I learned so little from this.

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  • Frank
  • 04-02-19

Gets preachy toward the end

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is concise, but tells a compelling story. My only complaint is the religious tolerance sermon at the end. The author literally finishes by discussing the Islamic conquest, which ended religious toleration, then goes on to preach that modern people need to be as progressive as the Achaemid Empire. The reason we cannot have such toleration is the threat to civilization posed by adherents of the religion that destroyed the empire.

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  • Kalab
  • 29-09-18

Delightful and insightful

Enjoyed learning about CYRUS the Great and his wisdom and that our country's forefathers had looked to his wisdom and governing skills to form the basis for our democracy.

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  • Oscar Lola
  • 29-09-18

inspiring book

The two primary reasons I recommend it highly are: It is a great leadership/management book. It shows you how you can have great power through respect and understanding of the human nature.

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  • Steven
  • 29-09-18

impressive

Discovering Cyrus is a readable yet impressively erudite accounting of the life and times of an important historical figure that had not until now, received the full attention he deserves.

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  • Kevin
  • 29-09-18

Valuable

A series of appendices and notes which discuss the author’s interpretation of the supporting evidence in more depth. Aside from giving a fascinating account of Cyrus’ life and conquests, the book presents the thesis that Cyrus lived at a time when ideals and ethics were changing.

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  • Parker
  • 29-09-18

Discovering Cyrus

The book is much more comprehensive researched, and includes the most recent knowledge about this great historical figure, including the Cyrus Cylinder. This book should be on the bookshelves of All Iranians and the scholars and researchers engaged on research about the Persian Empires and the first empire builder.

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  • Colton
  • 29-09-18

I will learn more management tips from it

This book is highly recommended for even the non-scholars whether you're only interested in military strategy or the influence of ancient religious beliefs on Judaism or the debate over the Cyrus Cylinder being the very first human rights declaration.

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  • Robert
  • 29-09-18

Very insightful

Good book for sure, lots of great lessons to learn. I felt like the author wrote it in such a way that it Cyrus was almost 'too' righteous and virtuous (i.e. embellishment), but I suppose that just shows his reverence of the man/legend.