National Geographic : 1933 Oct
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE NATIVE WORKERS CHECKING OUT AT THE END OF A DAY Each worker carries a card, like a meal ticket, which is punched after each day's work, to record the wages due him. Persian names are so often exactly alike, or so similar, that identification is easier by ticket than by name. learning the best war strategies employed by their enemies, and then incorporating them into their own organization. Although the Great Cyrus himself fell in battle, and was buried with majestic sim plicity in a place called Pasargadae (near Persepolis), his successors carried on and the Persian Cambyses conquered Egypt 525 B. C. The whole civilized world of that day, from the Nile Delta around the eastern end of the Mediterranean to the ]Egean, had been conquered by Persia in exactly twenty five years. During this spectacular conquest there must have grown up a huge library of offi cial documents, state "papers," treaties, secret negotiations, and other documents of national importance similar to the Foreign Office archives of London or Washington. Yet most history of Persia that we now know has come to us from writers belong ing to the races which Persia conquered, chiefly the Greeks, who only grudgingly concede the achievements of Persian civili zation. Today, twenty-five hundred years later, comes a generation of men from the new world who cherish the hope that the 20,000 tablets uncovered at Persepolis may prove to contain some of the foreign office ar chives of the mighty capital which arose as the fruit of those marvelous years of Per sian conquest. Here at Persepolis, guided with a vision and a courage which changed the whole course of history, Persian civili zation, the heir to long ages of advancing oriental culture, rose to become the su preme manifestation of the finest things in ancient oriental genius. 420 "4~"