- Persian Empire
Origin of PersiaClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Persais ; from Old Persian P?rsa
- also Persian Empire A vast empire of southwest Asia founded by Cyrus II after 546 BC and brought to the height of its power and glory by Darius I and his son Xerxes. Eventually the empire extended from the Indus River valley in present-day Pakistan to the Mediterranean Sea before Alexander the Great conquered it between 333 and 331 BC.
- See Iran.
- (academic usage) a region in southwestern Iran, in particular Pars/Fars province
- (archaic, classical usage) Territories corresponding to either of the two empires ruled by dynasts from Pars/Fars, specially the first of the two
From Latin Persia, from Ancient Greek Î ÎµÏÏƒÎ¯Ï‚ (Persis), from Old Persian ðŽ±ðŽ ðŽ¼ðŽ¿ (PÄrsa).