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The Persians

A map of the Persian empire

The Persian Empire ruled over a significant portion of the Middle East. Created by Cyrus the Great, the empire was so large it actually had three capitals, Susa, Babylon, and Ecbatana. Its size rivaled if not surprised even the Roman Empire. The Persians were also known for its architectural feats. They were able to master irrigation, and create aqueducts to help bring water to their fields and cities. These aqueducts were also used to create massive gardens at the king's palace. Their achievements allowed the empire to grow and prosper and conquer many of its neighbors.

The Mausoleum of Mausolus.

The Mausoleum of Mausolus is a well known Persian structure. It was built in 350 B.C. by a governor's wife as a tomb for her husband. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was around 135 feet high, and consisted of multiple sections. On the top of the building there were thirty-six columns, with an individual statue at each column. The structure was built mostly of lime stone, and overlooked the city of Halicarnassus for many years

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