Quest for Asia - The Persian Empire
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"When you cross the Halys, you will destroy a great empire..."
- - The Oracle of Delphi to Lydian king Croesus shortly before the fall of the Lydian empire, 546 BC.
This scenario records the rise of one of the greatest empires of the ancient world, the Achaemenid Persian empire. The scenario starts in October 550 BC, shortly after the Persian conquest of the Median "empire" and ends in May 522 BC, when the usurper Gaumata takes control of Persia. The 30 years in between is the story of Cyrus the Great and Cambyses, his son. This time was a time of stunning conquests, most of them by the king who created this empire.
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