Amidst the Classical Era, a time-period in which some of the greatest technologies and communications were introduced, reigned a multitude of empires. Two specific empires were of the greatest to have ever existed: the Persian Empire, which lasted approximately 200 years, and the Maurya Empire, which fell after about 150 years. Individually, the empires had their own accomplishments and their own legacy, however, there existed key similarities and differences between the three empires, especially politically. The Persian Empire utilized a bureaucratic system where the empire was divided into multiple sections, similarly, the Maurya Empire used a system that fractionalized its empire. Nevertheless, the two empires differed in their religious
“He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored and imperially slim.” (Perkins, 84) The aforementioned lines describe a man that is immaculate in every form of the word from head to toe, so much so that he could be considered royalty, but it put simply and graciously. The narrator put Richard Cory on such a pedestal enhanced his existence that much more and helped build up to what conclusion as well. The author’s style and word choice also lead to rich imagery. The word choice endorsed readers to image Richard Cory and those that surrounded him. “And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—And admirably schooled in every grace: In fine, we thought that he was everything To make us wish that we were in his place.” (Perkins, 84).
These errors varied from committing the fatal sin of hubris to just not having the right leader in charge. Because of the faults that they made, these empires were eventually eaten up by corruption, war, and rebellion. The question is: can one create a lasting, benevolent empire?
Cyrus II was the more effective emperor in military achievements, because he greatly expanded the Persian Empire by conquering many lands, and kept people from rebelling in these conquered kingdoms with leniency and wisdom. Cyrus ruled from 558-529 BCE, and was “the founder of the great Persian Empire.” First, Cyrus vastly expanded the empire by defeating his three biggest rivals: Medea, Lydia, and Babylon. There was a balance of power between these four kingdoms that prevented one from dominating and defeating the rest. Cyrus broke this. He conquered Medea in 550 BCE, 9 years after he began his reign.
A great leader who left an important legacy through military prowess, being a liberator and world connector, and a remarkable King. Given these statements, Alexander was an apprehensive strategist with all wins and no losses. He inspired other great military figures to, in a way, follow in his footsteps. He was also a liberator who freed polises from Persian rule and brought about new discoveries and ideas. Although known for his anger and his war driven mind, Alexander was a fair and valiant King to his people.
The US military is incredibly complex, with 24 ranks in the infantry alone, and are very well known for discipline and organization (Dolan; Clarke 2012). Obviously the US military is much more complex and advanced than the Greeks. Modern Military works as one, as a well-organized, effective, and disciplined team. Working as a team means that they can get more done in a shorter amount of time with less resources. It is taking the best of everyone, and combining it to form a majorly effective strategy.
By the 5th century, Rome was being destroyed by outside invaders, and political assassinations became routine because leaders were unable to create a stable government. Natural disasters also contributed to the collapse of the Roman Empire.
The Old Kingdom's collapse was not only due to the separation of its political rule but also partial to a horrible famine due to drought. In ancient Egypt when the Nile would not flood enough to even meet the low water levels it meant hard times for the whole country, however, high flooding meant the same thing. It affected the food supply as well as the wealth of the people if the Nile was too full or not full enough. If the climate did not even out it could threaten the society as a whole, the Nile was a massive deciding factor of whether the state fell apart or were capable of standing their ground through rough times. Even the Middle Kingdom was weakened by high flood levels towards the end of its reign.
The French Revolution of 1848 The French revolution of 1848 was, a groundbreaking war between then French people and their government. The people of France had enough and joined together, and attempted to overthrow the government. The system of the French government did not function in the best interest of the French citizens because of the economic crisis and the political differences between the upper and lower class. The economic crisis caused many citizens to rebel as their newly elected King wasn’t any help to their interest. “In 1846 a crop failure quickly developed into a full scale economic crisis: food became scarce and expensive; many businesses went bankrupt: unemployment rose.” (
Examples would be from the civil uprising of the Syrian war. The reason why the war began is because of political disagreements by the citizens of the Syrian state. The citizens rebelled at the Capital that unfortunately they were being fired at by the security and killed from the firing. The violence in Syria has caused millions to flee their homes. The ultimate reason that was stated was violence, 320,000 people were killed which frightened the refugees.
The Persian Empire was the most powerful empire of its time with two great rulers. These two rulers were Cyrus II and Darius III. Which ruled the Persian Empire with great force of action but also with the understanding of others when it was needed and there culture. Now which leads me to say that I believe the best ruler in my eyes was the founder of the Persian Empire which is Cyrus the Great because he understood his opponents. However, under his rule the empire embraced all the previous civilized states of the ancient Near East, expanded vastly and eventually conquered most of Southwest Asia and much of Central Asia and the Caucasus.