Our most recent lesson in our history curriculum (The Mystery of History, Volume I) was on Darius I, king of the Persian Empire beginning in 522 B.C. (Lesson 67). We learned a lot of great information about him from our text, but this post is about the materials we supplemented our lesson with.
First, we read more about the Persian Empire in The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History (pages 152-153).
This map shows the expanse of the empire.
One of Darius I's many accomplishments was his improvement of roads. The Royal Road was the most impressive, stretching 1,680 miles across the empire, and was used for Darius to send messages across his kingdom. It truly served as the first postal service.
This picture shows King Darius and his son, Xerxes, husband of Queen Esther from the Bible.
He was famed also for his construction of the great Apadana Palace at Persepolis. It could hold 10,000 people.
The next resource we used was this publication by National Geographic: The Most Influential Figures of Ancient History. We read about Darius I on pages 24-27.
He introduced the use of silver and gold coins throughout Persia. This coin features his likeness.
This is a present-day photo of what is left of his Apadana Palace (in Iran).
After our reading, we dressed up King Darius and a couple of his guards in our Usborne Sticker Dressing: Warriors sticker book (pages 4-5).
Looks great, Mags! (You can see him standing in front of his palace at Persepolis.)