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How much do you know about Iran? Take our quiz to find out.

The world's focus has turned upon Iran in recent months, as it moves ahead with its nuclear program despite crippling sanctions from the West and the threat of preemptive attack by Israel. But how much do you really know about Iran's history and place in the Middle East? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

- Correspondent

1. Modern Iran lies at the heart of the lands of which ancient empire?

The Persian empire was founded in 550 BCE by Cyrus the Great, who ruled from Pasargadae in what is now modern Iran. The empire lasted over 200 years, and at its peak stretched from Greece and Libya in the west to India in the east. Today, ethnic Persians make up the majority of Iran's population.

The Persian empire was founded in 550 BCE by Cyrus the Great, who ruled from Pasargadae in what is now modern Iran. The empire lasted over 200 years, and at its peak stretched from Greece and Libya in the west to India in the east. Today, ethnic Persians make up the majority of Iran's population.

The Persian empire was founded in 550 BCE by Cyrus the Great, who ruled from Pasargadae in what is now modern Iran. The empire lasted over 200 years, and at its peak stretched from Greece and Libya in the west to India in the east. Today, ethnic Persians make up the majority of Iran's population.

The Persian empire was founded in 550 BCE by Cyrus the Great, who ruled from Pasargadae in what is now modern Iran. The empire lasted over 200 years, and at its peak stretched from Greece and Libya in the west to India in the east. Today, ethnic Persians make up the majority of Iran's population.

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Sumer

 

Babylonia

 

Persia

 

Assyria

 
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