The Ancient Persians - The Beginning

Ref: C3742907

The Persian Empire was the largest and greatest empire the ancient world had ever seen. It rose beginning in 559 BC under Cyrus the Great and lasted more than two centuries, until 330 B.C when Darius the King was defeated by Alexander the Great. It eventually encompassed lands stretching from Greece, Asia Minor, and Egypt in the west, across Mesopotamia and Iran, through central Asia, and all the way to the Indus Valley in the east. The empire developed an efficient bureaucracy, a postal service, a complex economy, and a powerful army. We visit the palaces and capital cities from which Darius ruled the new Achaemenid Empire, including the ancient Elamite capital of Susa, Ecbatana in Media, Babylon, Pasargadae, and Parsa or Persepolis, the new capital of Darius.

Course aim

The Persian Empire was the largest and greatest empire the ancient world had ever seen. It rose beginning in 559 BC under Cyrus the Great and lasted more than two centuries, until 330 B.C when Darius the King was defeated by Alexander the Great.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the extent of the Ancient Persian Empire
  • Review the development of Persian bureaucracy
  • Identify the palaces built by the Persian Kings
  • Discover how the Persians communicated with such a large empire
  • Identify what is meant by 'Empire"

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Progress to other Ancient Civilisation courses and archaeology courses

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The Ancient Persians - The Beginning

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