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The Achaemenid Persians created the largest and most diverse
world empire in the world at the time, which was no easy task because they had to constantly deal with the possibility of rebellions by people who had their own long and glorious histories. In order to placate their subject peoples, the Persians adopted a policy of tolerance and a “hands off approach” toward their subject peoples’ cultures and religions. Some of the Achaemenid kings even took the policy a step further by participating in and actively patronizing their subjects’ native cults. In the end, the policy helped placate an often hostile mix of peoples.