The Gold Plaque

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The Gold Plaque with horned lion-griffins, Achaemenid, 6th and 4th Century B.C. Iran. In the sixth century B.C., under the leadership of Cyrus the great (538-530 BC), the Achaemenid Persian dynasty over threw Median Kings and established and empire that would eventually extend from eastern Europe and Egypt to India. They built Palaces and ceremonial centers at Pasargadae, Persepolis, Susa and Babylon.

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