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  History of Persia Family Tree Project

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This is an auxiliary website to augment the primary site with features and applications which are not currently available through our host, Eventually the goal will be to merge or replace both this Wix-based site and the preexisting WordPress platform without any loss of functionality. Until then, this will be the official platform for some History of Persia podcast resources. Primarily this means the ever-more-complex Family Tree, but will also include a new form of the support Page. To return to the main-website at any time, just click the "Home" button in the menu above.

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Family Tree

The primary goal for this auxilary site is to display an online version of the Achaemenid Family Tree project. Previously the fully formatted version of this resource was only available for download as an offline HTML file created with Family Echo. The download was complex and supplemented by Geneanet. I am pleased to say these are both defunct. 

The family tree is currently available in 3 different formats: 

     1. The "Complete 700-700" covers the entirety of the ancient Greco-Iranian royal family tree as portrayed across all sources, including the complete family tree of several dynasties related by marriage, stretching as far back as reasonable speculation will allow. In the future this will continue to expand alongside the narrative of the podcast. By the end of this show this will display the whole legendary family tree from the early Iron Age kingdoms down to the Sassanid heirs.

     2. The "Achaemenid Royals" displays the most condensed version of the tree, including only the kings, their wives, and their children to the exclusion of all royal cousins and relations by marriage.

     3. The "Achaemenid Extended" will branch to show the cousins and other relatives by marriage in addition to the core royal family. It will terminate after two generations with a note about the family or dynasty.

Some further information to help understand the format:

  • You can click on each name individually, and the chart will shift to focus on that individual.

  • Only the kings in the Achaemenid Persian line are marked as male as a way to highlight them. The same is true with the primary queens marked female.

  • Everyone else is marked as “other” to make their box appear white, regardless of their gender.

  • I decided to give the most traditional lineage, reconciled with some of the speculation voiced on the show. This lead to some possibly incorrect inclusions

  • A name followed by: [?] indicates that their position on the family tree is possibly unclear, but they are almost certainly part of the extended family.

  • A name followed by: ? indicates that their inclusion on the tree at all is up for debate.

  • As pictured above, there is enough overlap and incest in the Achaemenid family tree that sometimes the same individual appears twice. The program automatically marks one version: (duplicated).

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