Definition of Persia
1. Noun. 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.
Generic synonyms: Empire, Imperium
Group relationships: Asia
Geographical relationships: Peri
2. Noun. 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.
Geographical relationships: Mek, Mko, Mujahidin-e Khalq Organization, People's Mujahidin Of Iran, Usuli, Ayatollah
Group relationships: Opec, Organization Of Petroleum-exporting Countries
Generic synonyms: Asian Country, Asian Nation
Group relationships: Middle East, Mideast, Near East, Gulf States, Asia
Terms within: Capital Of Iran, Iranian Capital, Teheran, Tehran, Abadan, Bam, Mashhad, Meshed, Aspadana, Esfahan, Isfahan, Rasht, Resht, Shiraz, Tabriz, Orumiyeh, Urmia, Qum, Persepolis, Kurdistan, Dasht-e-kavir, Great Salt Desert, Kavir Desert, Dasht-e-lut, Lut Desert, Demavend, Caspian, Caspian Sea, Daryacheh-ye Orumiyeh, Lake Urmia, Urmia
Member holonyms: Irani, Iranian, Persian
Derivative terms: Iranian, Persian
Definition of Persia
1. Proper noun. (context: academic usage) a region in southwestern Iran, in particular Pars/Fars province ¹
2. Proper noun. (archaic classical usage) Territories corresponding to either of the two empires ruled by dynasts from Pars/Fars, specially the first of the two ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Medical Definition of Persia
1. An ancient civilization, known as early as 2000 b.c. The persian empire was founded by cyrus the great (550-529 b.c.) and for 200 years, from 550 to 331 b.c., the persians ruled the ancient world from india to egypt. The territory west of india was called persis by the greeks who later called the entire empire persia. In 331 b.c. The persian wars against the greeks ended disastrously under the counterattacks by alexander the great. The name persia in modern times for the modern country was changed to iran in 1935. (12 Dec 1998)
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Literary usage of Persia
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"1905); Markham, CR, 'General Sketch of the History of Persia' (London 1874) and 'Eastern Persia: An Account of the Journeys of the Persian Boundary ..."
2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"A bitter feeling between Persia and Rome grew out of Bahrain's demand for the surrender of the Christian fugitives, and war was declared in 422. ..."
3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1900)
"His reign in Persia began in AD. His dynasty was called the II Khans, that is " Khans of ... 24 All that can be known of the Assassins of Persia and Syria, ..."
4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"Persia. Persian game of hide and seek. EJ Dillon. Contemp. 96: 127-8. ... Persia —Continued. Industries and resources. Through Persia to a new oil fleld. ..."
5. American Journal of Archaeology by Archaeological Institute of America (1886)
"RECENT ARCH^OLOGICAL DISCOVERIES IN Persia. The attention of archaeologists has recently been drawn to the antiquities and monuments of Persia, ..."
6. England and Russia in the East: A Series of Papers on the Political and by Henry Creswicke Rawlinson (1875)
"Opening of relations with Persia at the close of the last century.—2. Captain Malcolm's mission and treaty,.—3. War between Russia and Persia,— ..."