CYRUS THE GREAT
Cyrus the Great was the most influential leader of the Persian Empire. Starting under his reign, he was the founder of the Persian Empire. Time after time, Cyrus conquered empires; first the Median empire, then the Lydian empire, and eventually the Neo-Babylonian empire. Unlike any other ruler before, Cyrus the Great respected the customs and religions of the lands he conquered. Cyrus the Great is the most influential leader of Persia because he did not only care about human rights but he also was a great military strategist.