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History of Persia

41 EpisodesProduced by Trevor CulleyWebsite

A podcast dedicated to the history of Persia, and the great empires that ruled there beginning with the Achaemenid Empire of Cyrus the Great and the foundation of an imperial legacy that directly impacted ancient civilizations from Rome to China, and everywhere in between. Join me as we explore the … read more

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Episode 34: A New Fleet

May 22nd, 2020

28:44

While three Persian land armies were spreading out over western Anatolia to contain and defeat the Ionian Greek rebels and their allies, a fourth …

Interview 1: Dr. Michael Bonner

May 11th, 2020

1:04:16

This time I have something a little different. In place of a regular narrative episode this week, I have my recent interview with Dr. Michael Bonner, …

Welcome to Lyceum

April 28th, 2020

5:26

The History of Persia is now on Lyceum! Lyceum is a new podcast app with a hand-curated catalog of high quality educational podcasts ranging from …

Episode 33: Revenge of the Persians

April 24th, 2020

23:44

After the shocking attack on Sardis, many more Greek cities joined the Ionian Revolt, despite Persian victory at Ephesus. In 497 BCE, three land …

Episode 32: Begun, the Greek Wars Have

April 10th, 2020

34:08

To prepare ourselves for their role in the coming wars between Persian the Greek city states, I'm explaining the history and politics of Archaic …

Episode 31: The Naxos Incident

March 27th, 2020

33:28

At the end of the 6th century BCE, a group of exiled aristocrats from the island of Naxos inadvertently set off a chain of events that would …

Achaemenid Nowruz! 2020 Holiday Special

March 20th, 2020

26:57

To celebrate the Persian New Year's festival of Nowruz, check out the 2nd Sort-of Annual Holiday Special, exploring the New Year's celebrations of …

Episode 30: Persia City

March 7th, 2020

36:55

This time it's just one episode for a different kind of tour. Explore the early phases of construction at Susa and Persepolis under Darius the Great. …

Episode 29: The Grand Tour, Part 4

February 14th, 2020

30:22

It's the final stage of the tour! Our trip through the Persian Empire wraps up with three central provinces of the empire, located in western Iran. This time it's Susiana, Media, and Parsa itself. We'll traverse …

Episode 28: The Grand Tour, Part 3

February 14th, 2020

39:26

The tour of the Persian Empire continues. This time I'm going through the empire within the empire to dissect Assyria and Babylonia. Within these two satrapies, there were many important administrative districts and …

Happy Birthday

February 12th, 2020

7:03

Today is the one year anniversary of launching the History of Persia podcast. Thank you all so much for your support and interest this past year!

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Episode 27: The Grand Tour, Part 2

January 30th, 2020

41:32

The tour of the Persian Empire continues, this time covering the western Satrapies. I'm exploring the details and histories of the Persian provinces …

Episode 26: The Grand Tour, Part 1

January 17th, 2020

55:40

With the Persian Empire at its greatest ever extent, it's time to start a tour of the empire. We're travelling east, out of Parsa, and following the …

Holiday Special 2019

December 25th, 2019

21:35

Happy Holidays Everyone! In place of a regular episode this week, we have the first annual History of Persia Holiday Special. Regardless of what …

Episode 25: Behistun

December 13th, 2019

33:02

It's finally time to talk about the famous Behistun Inscription, commissioned by Darius to commemorate his victories over "Gaumata" and the rebel kings he faced from 522 - 518 BCE. It is part propaganda, part epic, part …

Episode 24: Darius the Great

November 26th, 2019

30:09

With most of the Persian Empire firmly under his control in 519 BCE, Darius the Great set off to earn that title by conquering surrounding …

Episode 23: The Lyin' Kings

November 12th, 2019

27:53

Picking right back up in the late summer of 521 BCE, I'm talking about the rest of the rebellions against Darius. That's the last three campaigns against the Liar Kings from the Behistun Inscription, the strangely …

Episode 22: Putting Out Fires

October 30th, 2019

41:12

No sooner was Bardiya dead, than the newly minted King Darius had to turn his attention on rebellious subjects. One satrapy after the next went into …

Episode 21: The Faith of the Magi

October 15th, 2019

39:14

After all that business with Gaumata that Magos, I figured we had time to keep talking about magi. This episode explores the religious developments and beliefs in Persia during the Achaemenid period. I'm focusing on …

Episode 20: The Forgotten King

October 2nd, 2019

24:17

522 BCE was a crazy year for the Persian Empire. That was the year that Bardiya - or maybe Gaumata - seized power. He overturned his brother and …

Episode 19: Three Kings and The Magi

September 17th, 2019

46:09

In 522 BCE, the Persian Empire sat on the edge of Chaos. Between March and September of that year, 3 men sat on the Persian throne, and according to the official royal history one of those kings was actually …

Episode 18: The Tyrant and The Kings

September 3rd, 2019

29:07

The story of Polykrates, the Tyrant of Samos, intersects repeatedly with the history of the Persian empire during his life. From his rise to power in …

Announcement 01: Croeseids

August 28th, 2019

20:10

Hello everyone! I've got some announcements, updates, and news about the show for you, and as a little bonus for listening to my fundraising spiel, there's a mini-episode on the history of the world's first coinage at …

Episode 17: The Mad King

August 20th, 2019

24:58

The story of Cambyses isn't just the conquest of Egypt, but also the dark side of it. According to Herodotus Cambyses was a mad king, driven to …

Episode 16: Pharaoh Cambyses

August 6th, 2019

37:35

In 525 BCE, the Persian army crossed into Egypt, in what seems to have been the culmination of years of antagonism between the the new empire and the …

Episode 15: The Army That Conquered The World

July 23rd, 2019

28:21

In preperation for Cambyses' invasion of Egypt, we're covering the early Persian armies. These are the armies that helped Cyrus the Great conquer the known world. They started as troops levied from Persia and Media, but …

Episode 14: Princes, Princesses, Kings, and Queens

July 9th, 2019

28:08

The narrative lurches forward again with a discussion of the new cast, so to speak. Meet Cambyses, Atossa, Bardiya, Artystone, and Roxane, the children of Cyrus the Great, and the new royal family of the Persian Empire. …

Episode 13: Kingship 101

June 26th, 2019

28:47

 What did it mean to be an early king of Persia? They were divine, but not quite. Warriors and economists. The king of Persia, but also Babylon, Egypt, and many other lands. Legitimacy came in many forms, and this …

Episode 12: Iranian Religion

June 11th, 2019

40:12

 It's time to introduce religion into the mix, starting with the origins and background of ancient Iranian traditions in general, and then narrowing in on the most famous and significant: Zoroastrianism. This episode …

Episode 11: King of Kings

May 28th, 2019

28:32

Returning to the narrative, it's time to see what Cyrus got up to in the final decade of his rule, after conquering Babylon. He traveled around his …

Episode 10: Governing An Empire

May 14th, 2019

29:57

 What exactly is a Satrap? Is there such a thing as a Satrapy? How did all of these people manage to talk to one another? All this, and more as the History of Persia celebrates double-digits with a break down of how the …

Episode 9: Who Are You Again?

April 30th, 2019

28:29

This time we're taking a break from the narrative for a bit. Now that this show has all of Cyrus's major conquests under its belt, its probably worth getting a sense of what these Persians were actually like. This …

Episode 8: Fill in the Titles

April 16th, 2019

40:39

Cyrus the Great has finally completed his conquests in our narrative. I break down the Cyrus Cylinder, the official record of what he did next, one section at a time. In this episode, I shamelessly take advantage of …

Episode 7: The Writing on the Wall

April 9th, 2019

41:52

In Babylon, October of 539 BCE began in the 17th year of the reign of Nabonidus, but it ended in the 1st year of Cyrus. In this episode Cyrus the Great carries out his final campaign against Babylon. Our sources tell us …

Episode 6: Introducing Ionia

March 26th, 2019

37:45

Cyrus's generals take the reins for a bit and the Persian conquerors face their most grueling task yet: subduing the Ionian Greek city states. Persia's first interaction with the Greek speaking world was a drawn out, …

Episode 5: Crossing the Halys

March 12th, 2019

35:43

Just as Cyrus the Great, now officially the King of Persia, was consolidating his hold over the recently conquered Median Empire, a new war started. …

Episode 4: Cyrus II, King of Anshan

February 26th, 2019

27:07

Around 550 BCE, King Cyrus II of Anshan went into revolt against the Median King Astyages. The young Cyrus was aided by a rebellious Median general …

Episode 3: Babylonians and Medes

February 12th, 2019

27:39

We're bringing the stories from the last two episodes together now. The Medes and the Babylonians joined forces, beat the Assyrians and the Egyptians, and then divided up the Near East between themselves as they built …

Episode 2: Indo-Iranians

February 12th, 2019

27:12

Last time, we got up to speed on what was going on in the Near East in the centuries before the Persians showed up. What we didn't cover, was who exactly are these "Persians," and what were they doing while their future …

Episode 1: Assyria and Setting the Stage

February 12th, 2019

27:25

Here we go, episode 1! Now, as much as I want to get to Persian history, we should probably know at least a little bit about the world before the …

Episode 0: Introduction

February 12th, 2019

11:54

Welcome Everyone! This is the introductory episode to the show, just so you can get an idea for the premise for the show, who I am as a host, and a couple of disclaimers before diving into the narrative of Persian …

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