By J. Poolos, Arthur Meier Schlesinger
In old historical past, Darius I stands by myself as an administrator with remarkable perception into the workings of an empire. below his management, the Persian Empire grew to become the biggest and strongest diplomatic and financial strength on the planet. After he cleverly seized the throne and quelled a chain of revolts, Darius undertook a thorough reorganization of the several peoples who inhabited the Iranian Plateau, instituting the practices of spiritual tolerance, common monetary reform, and a good procedure of legislations that might later be followed via the generations that him within the close to East and Europe. on the time of his demise in 486 BCE, he had remodeled the full center East right into a dominion of innovative executive. In ''Darius the Great'', learn the tale of his miraculous ascendance to the throne, his shrewdpermanent international relations, and the army errors that marked his final position no longer as a conqueror, yet as a governor of the folk.
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They swept the region, defeating rebels and slaying their leaders. Often his armies had to return to sites of victories to suppress new uprisings. After two years of fighting, Darius was finally recognized as king across the Persian Empire. , Darius had ordered a ghostwriter to write his autobiography, which he had planned to serve both as a historical document and a tribute to his kingship. The text was Crushing the Rebellion Darius ordered the construction of the Behistun Inscription to commemorate his reign.
But as we know, he and six others assassinated Gaumata, and he convinced his conspirators that he alone should rule the Achaemenid Empire. C HA P TER 3 Crushing the Rebellion Darius was the son of Hystaspes, satrap of Parthia. Hystaspes was a member of a different branch of the Achaemenid family than Cyrus the Great. In other words, he was a distant relative. Many leaders in the region, when they heard of the coup, distrusted that the young king deserved the throne. They made plans to challenge his legitimacy.
As for the writings, they loudly proclaim the triumphs of the king. Each paragraph begins with the passage, “Says Darius, the king,” leaving no uncertainty about who was in charge. ) The inscription goes on to describe the murder of Smerdis, the coup of Gaumata, and the killing of Gaumata. Darius names the “seven” who were with him when he slew Gaumata and urges readers to protect the families of these men. The inscription details the revolts that occurred across Persia. It also contains statements by Darius justifying his actions, calling on Ahuramazda to witness “that is true and not lies: By the grace of Ahuramazda I did much more, which is not graven in this inscription.