The Ancient and Modern History of Persia

TLDR Persia, located in modern-day Iran, has a rich and ancient history, with various empires ruling over the region. From the Achaemenid Empire to the Islamic Caliphs and the Safavid Empire, Persia has seen significant cultural and political shifts throughout the centuries, culminating in the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran in 1979.

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00:00 Persia, located in modern-day Iran, was influenced by surrounding civilizations and was the birthplace of many ancient empires.
02:27 Persia has ancient roots and continued relevance due to its strategic location, and there were many Persian Empires throughout history, starting with the Medes in the 9th century BC.
04:22 The Medes overthrew the Assyrian Empire and established the Achaemenid Empire, which was one of the largest empires in ancient history, extending from Pakistan to modern-day Libya, and was eventually conquered by Alexander the Great.
06:19 The Parthians conquered the Seleucid Empire and ruled for about 500 years, eventually being conquered by the Sasanid Empire, which was the high point of ancient Persian culture.
08:09 The Persian Empire was conquered by Muslim armies in 632, leading to a 600-year rule by Islamic Caliphs and a shift from Zoroastrianism to Sunni Islam.
10:06 The Timurid Empire, Safavid Empire, and Qajar dynasty were all significant periods in Persian history, with the Safavid Empire being particularly notable for making Shia Islam the state religion and marking the start of modern Iranian history.
12:06 The last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, was overthrown in 1979 and replaced by an Islamic revolutionary government led by Ayatollah Ruhola Khomeini.
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