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.
synonym: Persian Empire.
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.
Dutch: Iran, Islamitische Republiek Iran
Polish: Iran, Islamska Republika Iranu
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