Episode 5.3 - Cyaxares

Cyaxares was the king of the Medes, who helped destroy the mighty and terrifying Neo-Assyrian Empire, create a massive empire based in the small region of Media, and laid the foundation of the Achaemenid Persian Empire.


  • T. Cuyler Young, Jr., Cambridge Ancient History, The Early History of the Medes and the Persians and the Achaemenid Empire to the Death of Cambyses

  • Cambridge History of Iran, The Medes and the Neighboring Countries

  • Kevin Lelous, The Battle of the Eclips (May 28, 585 BC): A Discusssion of the Lydo-Median Treaty and the Halys Border

  • Encyclopaedia Iranica, Cyaxares

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