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Noun: Persia  pur-zhu
  1. An empire in southern Asia created by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC and destroyed by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC
    - Persian Empire
     
  2. A theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
    - Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Type of: Asian country, Asian nation, empire, imperium

Part of: Asia, Gulf States, Middle East, Mideast, Near East, OPEC, Organisation of Petroleum-Exporting Countries [Brit], Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries

Encyclopedia: Persia, New York