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 (ə-kē′mə-nĭd, -kĕm′ə-) also A·chae·me·ni·an (ăk′ə-mē′nē-ən)
Of or relating to the dynasty that ruled the Persian Empire.
A member or subject of this dynasty.

[After Achaemenes, legendary ancestor of Cyrus II, founder of the dynasty.]


(əˈkiːmənɪd; əˈkɛm-)
n, pl Achaemenids, Achaemenidae (ˌækɪˈmɛnɪˌdiː) or Achaemenides (ˌækɪˈmɛnɪˌdiːz)
(Historical Terms) any member of a Persian dynasty of kings, including Cyrus the Great, that ruled from about 550 to 331 bc, when Darius III was overthrown by Alexander the Great
[from Greek, after Akhaimenēs, name of the founder]
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After the fall of the Achaemenians the ancient tongue developed, in the province of Pars, into Middle Persian or Pahlavi (a name derived from Parthavi - that is, Parthian).
Alexander did not leave any corner or pocket unclean earlier included in the political realm of Achaemenians.
Conquest of Indus Region: Political situation of the Indian Satrapy after the Achaemenians disintegration After the disintegration of Achaemenian empire the Indus Satrapy was no longer united as an administrative entity.
These repeated failures in the battle fields infact had exposed military might and weaknesses of Iranian authority therefore Alexander fearlessly marched on towards Mesopotamia to fight a decisive battle at the historic battle field of Arbela where the last Achaemenian King of Kings" Darius III was utterly defeated by Europeans in 330 BCE.
By that time the Achaemenian Satrapy of Indus Zone was still unconquered by Macedonians however it seems certain that the administration of the defunct Persian empire in the Indus Valley with all probabilities would have practically become disfunctionning.
Alexander, his Seleucid successors, and the flood of Hellenistic culture that swept into Northern India in their wake, did what the Achaemenians had not done--inspire imitators that had absorbed and could apply both Greek and Persian lessons of statecraft.
Between 521 and 519 BCE, the forces of the Achaemenian Emperor Darius I seized the Indus valley, occupying the original heartland of the ancient Harappean civilization.
Beyond this, I am led to argue that such a perspective led the Achaemenians into severe contradictions, which they attempted to suppress and deny, using some rather desperate measures toward that impossible end.
It is likely that this complex is the oldest surviving Persian building, dating from the Achaemenians in 559 b.
The Medeans and Persians were united by Cyrus I, who established the Achaemenian dynasty and laid the foundation of the Persian Empire in 630 b.
The next great Achaemenian ruler was Darius, who started building the new capital, Persepolis, with numerous palaces, stables, a treasury, and the great Apadana--a reception hall for ten thousand people.
The city was the capital of the Elamites and subsequently the winter capital of Achaemenians for some 2800 years.