Darius the Great was the third king of the Persian Achaemenid
Empire. He ruled the empire at its peak, when it included much of
West Asia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, parts of the Balkans,
portions of north and northeast Africa including Egypt eastern
Libya, coastal Sudan, Eritrea, as well as most of Pakistan, the
Aegean Islands and northern Greece / Thrace-Macedonia. A major
event in Darius's life was his expedition to punish Athens and
Eretria for their aid in the Ionian Revolt and subjugate Greece.
Darius expanded his empire by conquering Thrace and Macedon and
invading Scythia. He organized a new uniform monetary system, along
with making Aramaic the official language of the empire. Darius
also worked on construction projects throughout the empire. Darius
devised a codification of laws for Egypt. Darius also started many
massive architectural projects, including magnificent palaces in
Persepolis and Susa.
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