After reading a little bit about history of the silk road, was curious about Cyrus the Great.
Cyrus the Great was the founder of the Persian Empire beginning in 550 BCE after conquering surrounding lands, including Babylonia. His empire spanned from Egypt to Turkey to Mesopotomia, and is still considered the father of Iran and one of the greatest leaders of all time. When he conquered a land, he was a merciful leader. The Persian Empire standardized administration of many things, including laws, road networks, a mail system and the belief in “one god.” It also had a provincial system (dividing its empire into 20 states) and implemented a 20% tax system, except Persians paid no taxes. Cyrus the Great heavily influenced Alexander the Great 200 years later.
Cyrus the Great and the Persian Empire 550 BC(E)