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Descriptor in English: Persia
Descriptor in Spanish: Persia
Descriptor in Portuguese: Pérsia
Descriptor in French: Perse
Entry term(s): Persian Empire
Tree number(s): Z01.586.035.725
Scope note: An ancient civilization, known as early as 2000 B.C. The Persian Empire was founded by Cyrus the Great (550-529 B.C.) and for 200 years, from 550 to 331 B.C., the Persians ruled the ancient world from India to Egypt. The territory west of India was called Persis by the Greeks who later called the entire empire Persia. In 331 B.C. the Persian wars against the Greeks ended disastrously under the counterattacks by Alexander the Great. The name Persia in modern times for the modern country was changed to Iran in 1935. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p546 & Asimov, Words on the Map, 1962, p176)
Annotation: use PERSIA through 1934; use IRAN starting with1935
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnology
EP epidemiology
History Note: 96
DeCS UI: 32654
Descriptor UI: D019071
Date Established: 1996/01/01
Date of Entry: 1995/06/05
Revision Date: 2015/06/29
Persia - Preferred
Concept UI M0028471
Scope note An ancient civilization, known as early as 2000 B.C. The Persian Empire was founded by Cyrus the Great (550-529 B.C.) and for 200 years, from 550 to 331 B.C., the Persians ruled the ancient world from India to Egypt. The territory west of India was called Persis by the Greeks who later called the entire empire Persia. In 331 B.C. the Persian wars against the Greeks ended disastrously under the counterattacks by Alexander the Great. The name Persia in modern times for the modern country was changed to Iran in 1935. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p546 & Asimov, Words on the Map, 1962, p176)
Preferred term Persia
Entry term(s) Persian Empire



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