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Cambyses I – 600-559 BC

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Cambyses I

Circa 600-559 BC

Cambyses I was a Persian king of the Achaemenid dynasty who ruled (circa 600-559 BC). He was the son of Cyrus I. His kingdom was Anshan (a Province in modern Iraq) as a vassal of the Medes who were the true rulers over Persia. Cambyses I succeeded his father and was in turn the father of Cyrus the Great, who ultimately led a successful rebellion against the Medes giving birth to the Persian Empire. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Cambyses I was married to the daughter of Astyages, King of the Medes (584-550 BC).

Monetary System

There are no known formal coin issues of Cambyses I. At this point in history, coins had just been born in neighboring Lydia by the Ionian Greeks.

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