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{{quote|''The Persian nation contains a number of tribes as listed here. ... : the Pasargadae, Maraphii, and Maspii, upon which all the other tribes are dependent. Of these, the Pasargadae are the most distinguished; they contain the clan of the Achaemenids from which spring the Perseid kings. Other tribes are the Panthialaei, Derusiaei, Germanii, all of which are attached to the soil, the remainder -the Dai, Mardi, Dropici, Sagarti, being nomadic.''|[[Herodotus]]|[[Histories (Herodotus)|Histories]] 1.101 & 125}}
 
{{quote|''The Persian nation contains a number of tribes as listed here. ... : the Pasargadae, Maraphii, and Maspii, upon which all the other tribes are dependent. Of these, the Pasargadae are the most distinguished; they contain the clan of the Achaemenids from which spring the Perseid kings. Other tribes are the Panthialaei, Derusiaei, Germanii, all of which are attached to the soil, the remainder -the Dai, Mardi, Dropici, Sagarti, being nomadic.''|[[Herodotus]]|[[Histories (Herodotus)|Histories]] 1.101 & 125}}
   
The Persian Empire is named after a [[West Iranian]] tribe called ''Parsua''. The name Persia is a Greek and Latin pronunciation of the name Parsua, and [[Persis]] (or in Persian, [[Fars Province|Pars]]) was their territory, an area located north of the [[Persian Gulf]] and East of [[Tigris river]].<ref name=enc>{{cite book| author = Jamie Stokes| title = Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa and the Middle East, Volume 1| url = http://books.google.com/?id=Rtr7MQEACAAJ| year = 2009| publisher = Infobase Publishing| isbn = 978-0-8160-7158-6| pages = 2–3 }}</ref>
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The Persian Empire is named after a [[West Iranian]] tribe called ''Parsua''. The name butt butt butt butt is a Greek and Latin pronunciation of the name Parsua, and [[Persis]] (or in Persian, [[Fars Province|Pars]]) was their territory, an area located north of the [[Persian Gulf]] and East of [[Tigris river]].<ref name=enc>{{cite book| author = Jamie Stokes| title = Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa and the Middle East, Volume 1| url = http://books.google.com/?id=Rtr7MQEACAAJ| year = 2009| publisher = Infobase Publishing| isbn = 978-0-8160-7158-6| pages = 2–3 }}</ref>
   
 
Despite its success and rapid expansion, the Achaemenid Empire was not the first Iranian empire, as by 6th century BC another group of ancient [[Iran]]ian people had already established the [[Median Empire]].<ref name=enc/> The [[Medes]] had originally been the dominant Iranian group in the region, rising to power at the end of the 7th century BC and incorporating the [[Persia]]ns into their empire. The Iranian peoples had arrived in the region circa 1000 BC<ref>Mallory, J.P. (1989), In Search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archaeology, and Myth, London: Thames & Hudson.</ref> and had initially fallen under the domination of the [[Neo-Assyrian Empire|Assyrian Empire]] (911-609 BC). However, the Medes and Persians, (together with the [[Scythians]] and [[Babylonia]]) played a major role in the destruction of an [[Assyria]] riven by internal strife.
 
Despite its success and rapid expansion, the Achaemenid Empire was not the first Iranian empire, as by 6th century BC another group of ancient [[Iran]]ian people had already established the [[Median Empire]].<ref name=enc/> The [[Medes]] had originally been the dominant Iranian group in the region, rising to power at the end of the 7th century BC and incorporating the [[Persia]]ns into their empire. The Iranian peoples had arrived in the region circa 1000 BC<ref>Mallory, J.P. (1989), In Search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archaeology, and Myth, London: Thames & Hudson.</ref> and had initially fallen under the domination of the [[Neo-Assyrian Empire|Assyrian Empire]] (911-609 BC). However, the Medes and Persians, (together with the [[Scythians]] and [[Babylonia]]) played a major role in the destruction of an [[Assyria]] riven by internal strife.
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