Persian Empire

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Extent of the first Persian Empire, the Achaemenid Empire.
Extent of the Parthian Empire.
Extent of Sassanian Empire at 621 A.D
The maximum extent of the Safavid Empire under Shah Abbas I

The Persian Empire is any of a series of imperial dynasties centered in Persia (now Iran) with boundaries that fluctuated around that core, extending far into regions that would later become Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Azerbaijan. The first of these was established by Cyrus The Great over 2,500 years ago, in 550 BC, but the existence of dynastic rule centered in the region was absent after a series of foreign invasions, starting by Arab conquest of Persia and later Mongol Invasion, for an 850 year period from 651 AD until 1501 AD. The main religion was Zoroastrianism, founded by Zarathushtra or so called by the Medes Zoroaster. The Persian empire also had an elite guard for the shah called the immortal.

Dynasties that have been counted as instances of the Persian Empire include:

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