Persian Revolt

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Persian Revolt
Part of the Campaigns of Cyrus the Great
Date552–550 BC
LocationMedia and Persis
Result Decisive Persian victory
Territorial
changes
Persis and the Median Empire become part of the new Persian Empire
Belligerents
Median Empire Standard of Cyrus the Great (Achaemenid Empire).svg Persis
Commanders and leaders
Astyages of Media,
Harpagus,
unknown others
Standard of Cyrus the Great (Achaemenid Empire).svg Cambyses I of Anshan ,
Standard of Cyrus the Great (Achaemenid Empire).svg Cyrus the Great,
Oebares,
Later Harpagus,
unknown others
Strength
145,000 [1] 70,000 [2]
Casualties and losses
heavy heavy

The Persian Revolt was a campaign led by Cyrus the Great in which the province of ancient Persis, which had been under Median rule, declared its independence and fought a successful revolution, separating from the Median Empire. Cyrus and the Persians did not stop there, however, and in turn went on and conquered the Medes.

The War[edit]

The revolt, which lasted from 552 BC to 550 BC, was triggered by the actions of Astyages, the ruler of Media. The war spread to other provinces who allied with the Persians. The Medes had early successes in battle, but the comeback by Cyrus the Great and his army was too overwhelming, and the Medes were finally conquered by 549 BC. Thus the first official Persian Empire was born.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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

Bibliography[edit]

Ancient sources[edit]

Modern sources[edit]

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

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