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Cambӯsēs


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Herodotus (c. 485—425 bc) Greek historian

Cyrus (c. 530 bc) Persian prince

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Eldest son of Cyrus 1; acceded on the death of his father (530 bc). He completed his father's grand plan by conquering Egypt, where he was successful in promoting a policy of collaboration with the local élites. The Egyptian documents contradict the information collected later by Herodotus on this point. Babylonia is a good example of how Cambyses placed the great sanctuaries under tight control. The news of the revolt of his brother, Smerdis, forced Cambyses to leave Egypt in haste in 522; he died in Syria.

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