Fall of Great Empires: Storm Over Persia

Fall of Great Empires: Storm Over Persia

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Fall of Great Empires: Storm Over Persia2,500 years ago Persia was a great empire; regarded as the forerunner of the Roman Empire. However in spite of its size and strength it had an adversary that would seal its doom. Persia’s nemesis was a smaller empire - Macedonia; ruled by Alexander The Great.

This documentary shows how the failure of one king can lead to the downfall of a whole empire and how Alexander could manage to win against his superior enemy - The Persians.

The Persian Empire was formed under Cyrus the Great, who took over the empire of the Medes, and conquered much of the Middle East, including the territories of the Babylonians, Assyrians, the Phoenicians, and the Lydians.

Cambyses, Son of Cyrus the Great, continued his conquests by conquering Egypt. The Achaemenid Persian Empire was ended during the Wars of Alexander the Great, but Persian Empire arose again under the Parthian and Sassanid Empires of Iran, followed by Iranian post-Islamic Empires like Safavids, up to the modern day Iran.

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1 year ago

Ahh 2500 years ago, so free to invade and slaughter. Nowadays our hands are largely tied by the threat of nuclear deterrence. I am confident that we will overcome this and usher in a new glorious age of kings, empires, and foot-borne conquests

5 years ago

please do not put bad words in here.... kids watch this too and some read the comments.

5 years ago

Not too bad. But...re. Issus/ Issos: “On this spot, the collapse of Persian power began.”
No it didn't. Alexander had already defeated the Persians at Gaugamela, Miletus and Halicarnassus in 333, the year before Issus. Come on, this is basic stuff. Oh, and by the way, if you are going to use ancient names on maps, keep it consistent, e.g. Halicarnassus not Bodrum. I doubt Alexander stopped off at Faliraki and Ayia Napa for a beach hit on his way to Issus :)

5 years ago

@Daka ty.... Remember for ever....
Middle east is not a desert....
Please read more about that...thanks...
I read some where that alexander's army could not enter to persians country because of choosing bad way through jungles....finally they enter with a Betrayal of a persian shepherd!!!
Persian Empire:
The first empire,The biggest empire,The most populated empie

6 years ago

I think Morris Stewart has it right. In Mongolia Chingas Khan is a hero .George Custer was a hero to white America for 80-90 years. Who said we Westerners think Romans and Greeks were good and Persians and Indians bad. Romans were Nazis, and many Greek civilizations , like most civilizations, were self-serving only. Ashoka is said to have been a genuine positive ruler as was Cyprus according to many histories. Some Native americans practied torture and cannibalism; Maya and Aztecs conducted human sacrifice ...does that justify the destruction of these cultures? Stalin vs Hitler///who was worse? M Stewart was right "Peace" All we are saying is give peace a chance

Morris Stewart
7 years ago

Why are you people arguing about who conquered who,every empire has been conquered or invaded once in history, the point is all have great history and honor to be proud of, and in war all men are barbarians, history is recorded and told so that we may learn a lesson not to repeat. Respect others culture and humble oneself in the name of peace, I find when people of different races and culture sit,eat,drink and talk together can establish a great friendship and find a kinship, because we are all brothers. Peace

9 years ago

Just goes to show you that the underdog can win. The Persian empire was 10x the size of Greece and had way more soldiers, yet Alexander totally destroyed Persia in a short amount of time.

adis ababa
10 years ago

Alexander was roundly defeated by porus in the first battle, and fearing that the large army that was awaiting him under Shri Chandragupta Maurya, Alexander made an escape route and still got plundered on the way out. Do not make reference to the Mighty Chandragupta army with the colonized India. Note there is no other civilization as old as the Indian civilization, its ancient past is still well connected with the present day India, no other country in the present day world has the resilience like Indians have..their past has been wiped cleaned by either christianity or islam.

11 years ago

thnx god..that damn moving ,f--king advertisement for turkey at the right top of a page has disapeared at last..

11 years ago

It is truly remarkable how a much smaller Macedonian army could defeat the greeks, then move on to Persia, then India, Egypt, wow! Truly marvellous!

12 years ago

I would just like to point out to you guys that you are all misguided. The documentary is called "storm over Persia". So it is generally going to focus on the later half of the empire and the forces that transpired to its demise. Also The movie is based on a GRAPHIC NOVEL. Neither the author nor the Director intended you to take them seriously as an accurate depiction of the Battle of Thermopylae. It is essentially a work of fiction that is loosely based on true events. If you guys are that upset by these things Read a F*%$ing Book. Documentaries are for entertainment as well as education.

12 years ago

they never show the real deal do they? there is one documentary about 300 from discovery channel! It shows the fact that the greek never could conquer us as the badly made hollywood movie 300 shows...well the one who created the movie, u can always ask urself who he was and why he made such a failure movie...just check on his beliefs and such...and his failure in making a movie like 300...same goes with some historic documentaries which show the wrong story....pittyful...

13 years ago

I sympathize sasal. Unfortunately, it is the truth that the only way you will see history depicted in the west is through the eyes of the "western 'civilization'". The truth is in the eye of the beholder, they say... but nothing is as we have been taught... Good night

13 years ago

I wonedr why!!,these historian always tell the history they way it please them,not they why it reaaly happen.for example Xerxes the Great overcome Athenian ,and took The Creak Empire,..The Historian picture him a GIANT devil who killed 300 Spartian!!!,and in other hand, they picture thier dear Alexander a very handsome brave man,who off course orderd to BBQ people and burn whole perspolice,to send home a "political Massege"!!!!!!
this movie has nothing to do with persian Empire,well,it`s more about how Bravely Alexander went through Persian Empire.,but again off course they do not tell you how,persian could get to gether,rise again,and didn`t let even ONE Alexsander`s solger go back home,from the way they came.and again they do not tell you,the story of Alexander had wroten by persian themself to be learn for future,not by Creek.

13 years ago

It takes only one person, who makes decisions on behalf of the masses that changes much of what is to follow...pathetic humans.

13 years ago

Awesome! Thanks.

Sha Supreme
13 years ago

I was hoping to watch a doc about the actual empire... ( rise, inventions, civilization ) but like most docs on the Persian empire, the focus is entirely on the conflict between Dirus and Alexander.

Interesting none the less