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The oldest Persian Empire, Achaemenid Persian Empire (550–330 BC) was also the largest empire of the ancient world, and the most widespread entity of it was under Darius the Great and Xerxes. It was a united Persian kingdom that originated in the region now known as Pars province (Fars province) of Iran.

The Achaemenid Empire united people and kingdoms from every major civilization in south West Asia and North East Africa.

It was overthrown during the Wars of Alexander the Great.

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