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The Rise of the Medes: Iran's First Empire

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In this video I discuss the rise of the Medians, Iran's first empire. Although, many historians regard the Medians as more of a tribal confederacy and not really an empire in the traditional sense, nonetheless, they were the first major Iranic state in the Near East. Towards the end I also discuss the relationship between the contemporary Kurdish people and the Medians. Sources: http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/media http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/cyaxares-gk Extra readings: http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/art-in-iran-ii-median http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/class-system-ii
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