This is a 22 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Ancient Civilizations – Key Figures – King Darius. Each of the slides are editable and can be modified to adjust to your presentation, if needed
Darius I was one of the greatest rulers of the Achaemenid dynasty, who was noted for his administrative genius and for his great building projects. After the death of Cyrus, he had to impose his rule with force which threatened to disrupt the empire.
To administrate his empire, he divided it into 20 provinces, each paying a fixed rate of tribute to Persia. Each province was run by a centrally appointed a governor, often related to Darius. Imperial spies known as the ‘king’s ears’ kept tabs on both and reported back to Darius through the “postal service,” a network of roads along which couriers could change horses at stations spaced a day’s travel apart. Not unlike the “Pony Express” of frontier USA.
Darius also established a common currency, which made working far from home much easier. This allowed him to bring together teams of craftsmen from all over the Empire to build, under Persian architects, an imperial capital at Persepolis. Darius was the greatest royal architect of his dynasty. During his reign Persian architecture assumed a style that remained unchanged until the end of the empire.
Darius followed the example of Cyrus in respecting native religious institutions. He attempted several times to conquer Greece but was unsuccessful. His fleet was destroyed by a storm in 492, and the Athenians defeated his army at Marathon in 490.
The empire Cyrus and Darius had built was strong enough to weather this slide into decadence for 200 years, but gradually it took its toll. Persia had been the first real empire, from ancient days. It was an empire with an organizational structure developed from a realistic idea of how to govern different subject peoples. It defined the role of an emperor and set a template for future empires from the Romans to the British. Upon his death, his son Xerexes I inherited the empire.
The presentation slides cover the following:
Imposing His Rule
Satrapies & Governors
“The Postal Service”
Tributes or Taxes
Strengthening His Empire
Failure at Greece
A Common Currency
Religious Matters: Egyptian
Religious Matters: Jewish
Religious Matters: Zoroastrianism
Influence on Architecture
Darius & Cyrus
Unrest in the Empire
Decline of the Empire
Legacy of the Persians
Death of Darius
End of Presentation
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