Sardis Verlag

Release: The Achaemenid Empire and the West

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Our newest large map of the ancient world is now available! The map encompasses the entire territory between the Pillars of Hercules and the Indus valley, between the Hallstatt era Celts in what is now southern Germany and eastern France and the legendary kingdom of Saba in southern Arabia. This includes the Achaemenid Persian Empire at its greatest extend during the reign of Dareios I., 522 – 486 BCE.  


  • The Ecumene, the world known for the ancient Greeks at the turn of the 6th to 5th century BCE
  • All great nations and cultures of their period,
  • The colonies of the Greeks and Phoenicans,
  • All countries of the Persian Empire with their respective capitals,
  • The territories of Herodot's 20 satrapies,
  • More than 800 settlements and sanctuaries,
  • More than 200 peoples and regions,
  • The persian royal road network,
  • Caravan and trade routes,
  • Major searoutes,
  • Detailed ancillary map for southern Eturia and old Latium during the first years of the Roman Republic.

The preceding 6th century BCE was an fascinating, incredible colorful era of development, change and progress. A time in which the stage for the classic ancient world of the next 1000 years was set. A world that still influences our present and we wanted to, or at least a small part of it, bring back to life with this map.

While the Roman Empire map displayed the Imperium at a fixed point in time, here we followed a broader approach. We wanted the map to represent the entire era and had to cope with less precis and plentiful source material. As orientation we used the long reign of Darius I. (522 to 486 BCE), when his Achaemenid Empire had reached its greatest extend.

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