|This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires. For their appearance in Age of Empires II, see Persians (Age of Empires II).|
Persia refers to an ancient Middle-Eastern kingdom ruled by the inhabitants, known as the Persians which was primarily based on the Achaemenid Empire located roughly in present-day Iran, but also represent the Parthian and Sassanid Empire in the same region. The civilization reached its peak under Persian king Xerxes, but slowly fell apart following the conquest of Alexander the Great which occurred just after the Persian naval defeat at Salamis in an attempt to conquer the Greek city states.
The Persians are a playable civilization in Age of Empires and are strictly an offensive civilization which reflects their rapid expansion of their empire under Cyrus the Great. They can train a variety of elite units and have the best cavalry units in the game. They have the ability to train all archers (except Chariots), though their archers can suffer from poor range and lack of accuracy. Although the Persians have a fast economy from the beginning of the game, their economic power becomes less prominent once the game progresses.
Most of the areas where the Persians located were full of wild animals and hunting became a common practice among them, being reflected in their fast-working hunters. Their rapid expansion allowed them to be feared even in naval battles where they could easily overwhelm their Greek enemies, which is reflected in their fast-firing triremes. Achaemenid, Parthian and Sassanid Persia controled some areas around the Indus river and could recruit some Indian mahouts which brought the use of war elephants on several occasions. To reflect this, their elephant units move faster.
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