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Persian Revolt

Persian Revolt
Part of the Campaigns of Cyrus the Great
Date 552 BC - 550 BC
Location Media and Persis
Result Decisive Persian victory.
By conquering Media, Persia became an empire.
Median Empire Persis
Commanders and leaders
Astyages of Media,
unknown others
Cambyses I of Anshan ,
Cyrus the Great,
Later Harpagus,
unknown others
145,000 [1] 70,000 [2]
Casualties and losses
heavy heavy

The Persian Revolt, as it is known, was the first time the unified province of ancient Persis, after voluntary submission to the Assyrians and Medes two times earlier, declared its independence, and commenced its revolution as it later separated from the Median Empire. However, it is unknown whether their subjugation was official. The revolt was triggered by the actions of Astyages, the ruler of Media, which spread to other provinces, as they allied with the Persians. The war lasted from 552 BC to 550 BC. The Medes had early successes in battles, but the comeback by Cyrus the Great and army was too overwhelming, and the Medes were finally conquered by 549 BC.

Thus the first official Persian Empire was born. It all began summer 553 BC, and led to the rise of Persia.

See also


Ancient sources

Modern sources

  • Ilya Gershevitch, ed., The Cambridge History of Iran. Vol. 2: The Median and Achaemenian Periods. Cambridge University Press (1985) ISBN 0-521-20091-1


  1. ^ Spencer, C. Tucker Battles That Changed History: An Encyclopedia of World Conflict , ABC-Clio Inc, (2010) p. 395
  2. ^ Spencer, C. Tucker Battles That Changed History: An Encyclopedia of World Conflict , ABC-Clio Inc, (2010) p. 395

External links

  • -- v. 3 (of 7): MediaThe Seven Great Monarchies of the Ancient Eastern WorldGeorge Rawlinson, ISBN 1-931956-46-4

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