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Smerdis Proclaims King

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July, 1, 522 B.C.:
Smerdis Proclaims King

By: Mir M.Hosseini

When Cambyses was conquering Egypt, someone calling himself Smerdis claiming to be his brother rebelled and proclaimed king. His rule started on March, 11 and on July, 1st he formally became king. He was killed however by Dariush in Sikayauvati in Media on Sep, 29. One possible cause Smerdis quickly gained popularity was that he ordered a three years remission of taxes and military service from all nations in his domain. The Behistun Inscription by Dariush states that he was the false Smerdis, a Magian that was Median by birth and not Persian at all.

KEY TERMS:Behistun Inscription , Cambyses , Dariush , Egypt , Magian , Media , Persia , Persian , Sikayauvati , Smerdis

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