ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Influences of the Persian Empire

Updated on January 20, 2018
RGraf profile image

Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

Nothing in history stands alone. Every culture, decision, and movement affects those in the world around them. These effects can still be seen generations later though the source might have passed away in time. The legacy still remains. So does the influence of the Persian Empire.

The world had seen nothing like its kind when in the 7th century B.C. the Persian culture united. The beginnings of the largest empire up to that time was in the makings. It would spread from northern Africa, into Greece, and on into India. For several hundred years the Persians would control western civilization and leave their mark for eternity.


We Forget the Persians

When talking about great ancient empires, the Roman and Greek Empires usually dominate the conversation. Yes, they were huge. Yes, they impacted our lives today in so many ways. They have created legacies that legends are written from, but before them the Persians had the greatest influence and in many ways influenced these other more well known great empires.

The Persians are known for their rugs. These beautiful pieces of art can be seen in many homes and public buildings the world over. Their music and their art can take your breath away. Though you might not own a valuable Persian rug, the impact of the Persian culture is a lot more common in your lives than you think.


Consider Our Postal System

Where did the postal system come from? If you are from America, you would probably answer Benjamin Franklin. That is only slightly correct. He is the father of the United States postal service, but he did not invent it. That honor goes to the Persians. He just took their plan and modified it for a new world.

The Persians learned early on that communication was vital in expanding their empire and in keeping it. If expansion was in order, the military had to be in constant communication with the king. Maintenance of the empire was achieved by being able to get word to the capital if there was trouble brewing or some other urgent need. This system was later adopted by other empires as they rose and began to dominate the scene.


System of Roads

Along the same vein, there was a well maintained system of roads. Expanding an empire cannot be done efficiently if the military arm has to march and transport items over paths with jagged holes in them.

The empire learned that well-kept roads gave them an advantage. They could get to their destination which was a city to be conquered or to a city to be protected faster than the other side could anticipate. This would prove to be very valuable.


Improved System of Government

Once the empire has expanded, what do you do with it? The great kings, Cyrus and Darius, knew that an efficient government was also needed. They very carefully planned out a system of government that was later emulated by other cultures.

Divide the empire into smaller “mini-empires” so that the day to day control is not always under the king. Have the appointed rulers report in. This proved so successful that you find the same system of government in many of the countries today.


Rome Improved On Persian Advancement

When the Romans created their empire, they were able to access even more of the world then any culture before them and they began to spread culture, religion, government, and art. They took the creative and ingenious creations of the Persian Empire and spread them throughout the western world.

The renown Roman roads can be found in England, Africa, India, and all of Europe. The Persians gave them the idea. The infamous communication system of Rome launched Christianity. The Persians gave them the basis. The Romans created an empire that the great countries of today mirror in many aspects. The Persians paved the way for that.

The Persians were a mighty empire that conquered many lands and left a large impression on the world. Their contributions through art, mathematics, architecture, and government could fill a novel. The great empire might not have lasted until the 21st century, but the Persian people can proudly proclaim the legacy that their ancestors gave the world.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Guckenberger profile image

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      3 years ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I've been telling people about the oldest known postal service being credited to the Persians. So much of our culture has been influenced by these ancients, and it does seem weird to me that this doesn't seem to have a greater focus in our public schools.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)