In 1971, the great Persian Empire celebrated the 1500th anniversary of its founding. Its founder was Cyrus the Great, who proclaimed himself the King of Kings. His son Cambyses succeeded him, conquering Egypt and expanding the empire. Darius I followed Cambyses and was 5 probably the most famous of this long line of kings. Under his rule, the empire stretched as far as India. Governors were placed in charge of the provinces. Extensive systems of roads and waterways improved communication throughout the realm. He was one of a few ancient rulers who permitted his subjects to worship as they wished. The magnificent 10 city of Persepolis, founded under his direction in 518 B.C., was a ceremonial center then as wall as in the 1970's.
1. Who is considered the founder of the Persian Empire?
2. In what year was the Persian Empire founded?
3. Who was the predecessor of Cambyses?
4. Which of the following best describes the empire under Darius I?
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