Middle East & North Africa


Life in the Roman Army

The Roman empire spanned more than a million square miles and owed its existence to its military might. By promising citizenship to those without it, the Roman army – the West’s first modern, professional fighting force – also became an engine for creating citizens, offering a better life for soldiers who survived their service.

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The Persian Empire

Otherwise known as the Achaemenid Empire, the First Persian Empire was founded by ruler Cyrus the Great in the 6th Century BC. The Empire gradually expanded into the largest empire the world had seen at the time, controlling regions as far as the Indus River to the East and the Balkans and Macedonia to the west.

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