Persia and its associate Media expanded the Empire to stretch fromtoday’s Libya in the west to Pakistan in the east. It held thisempire together for two centuries by maintaining internal andexternal security by mobilising local forces, reinforced byPersian-Median central forces. It also maintained a strong navalforce even though it had no maritime forces by mobilising thenavies of Phoenecia, Egypt and the Greek city-states within itsborders.

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