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  Iran (Persia)
     
c. 3800 BC
 
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Copper is extracted from ore by smelting at various sites in Iran     
c. 580 BC
 
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The Iranian prophet Zoroaster teaches that there is one god, Ahura Mazda      
550 BC
 
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Cyrus, king of the Persians, takes Ecbatana, capital city of the Medes, and establishes the first Persian empire        
c. 550 BC
 
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Polo originates in the Persian empire, probably as part of the training of the imperial cavalry      
c. 545 BC
 
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Cyrus annexes the Greek territory of Ionia as part of his empire, giving Persia a presence on the Aegean       
539 BC
 
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A Persian army captures Babylon and brings it into the empire of Cyrus the Great       
530 BC
 
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Cyrus the Great is buried in an austerely impressive tomb at Pasagardae, in Persia       
Pasagardae, Tomb of Cyrus
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522 BC
 
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Darius I wins the Persian throne and ushers in the heyday of the Achaemenid empire      
518 BC
 
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Darius starts to build a spectacular new palace and capital at Persepolis       
Persepolis, relief of guards
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c. 500 BC
 
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A Persian rug, woven with a knotted pile, is placed in the tomb of a Scythian chieftain and survives to this day