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9. Iran, c. 2700–330 B.C.E.
a. Geography
 
Iran, or Persia, extends from the Zagros Mountains to the Indus Valley, and from the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea. The southwestern region was the site of the Elamite cities Anshan (Malyan), Simashki and Susa, and later the homeland of the Persians. The highland area was urbanized very late; the Median cities of Ecbatana (Hamadan) and Rhagae and the Persian Persepolis and Parsargadae were built only in the first millennium. In 1000 B.C.E. the population was around 2 million.  1
 
 
 
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