Your ancestors came to Macedonia and the rest of Hellas and did us great harm, though we had done them no prior injury. I have been appointed leader of the Greeks, and wanting to punish the Persians I have come to Asia, which I took from you.
— Alexander the Great to Darius III
Darius III was the last emperor of the Persian Empire, known for his rivalry against Alexander the Great and his conflicts, like many other Persian Emperors, with the Greeks. However, unlike his grandfather, he took to defending the mainland of Persia itself, rather than fighting for control of formerly Greek Territory. While initially in conflict with Philip II of Macedon, a similar campaign to liberate the greeks from Persian control and take over the empire itself, dubbed the Wars of Alexander the Great, would be his final nail in the coffin as an emperor.

While he generally avoided a direct confrontation with the young commander, so much so as to abandon the capital of Persia alongside his family and attempt to end the conflict through letters, Darius was still willing to fight Alexander in several notable battles, such as the Battle of Issus and the Battle of Gaugamela. Ultimately, however, Darius failed to stand up against Alexander's conquest, although he was not killed in battle. Far outside of the battlefront against his foe, Darius III was assassinated as the last emperor of the Persian Empire proper, with his great enemy taking pity upon his body when viewing it.

Battle vs. Ramesses II (by Yetimonster)Edit

It waz a tie. So I'm making my own call on this one.

Darius and his driver make their way across the Middle East in a chariot. As the two Persians move forward, Darius suddenly spots a second chariot approaching. The second chariot is that of Ramesses II. Ramesses raises his Khopesh, and orders his driver to charge at Darius. With this, Darius has his driver charge as well. As the two chariots head at eachother, Ramesses raises his Hyksos Bow and fires an arrow at Darius. The arrow strikes, Darius' driver instead, forcing Darius to take control of the chariot to avoid crashing. Once, Darius' chariot comes to a halt, Ramesses and his driver rush at him. Darius pulls his Bow and Arrow, and fires at Ramesse, but kills the Egyptian driver. Darius fires again, but Ramesses blocks the blow with his sheild. Darius grabs for his Spear and Sheild now, and blocks a blow from Ramesses' Flegged Mace. Darius attempts to strike, but the attack fails because of Ramesses' Sheild. Darius attacks again, but Ramesses dodges the blow. Ramesses then hits Darius' arm with the mace, bringing the king to the ground. Ramesses tries to lay in the finishing blow, but Darius rolls out of the way, and stabs Ramesses in the leg. With his opponent injured, Darius takes the oppurtunity to grab a Sagaris and flee. Once Ramesses recovers he spots Darius fleeing, and hurls a Javelin he took of his dead driver. The Javelin misses it's target, and Ramesses arms himself with a Khopesh. Darius stops at the peak of a high cliff. With no where to run, Darius raises his Sagaris and engages Ramesses in combat. Ramesses slashes Darius across the chest, but Darius shakes off the blow. Darius attempts to strike with his Sagaris, but the blow is intercepted by the Khopesh. Darius attacks again, and succesfully hits Ramesses' wrist. However, Ramesses knocks the sagaris away with his sword, and slashes Darius across the leg and arm. Now in great pain, Darius hunches over, and stumbles away from Ramesses. Ramesses prepares to give the final strike, when suddenly, Darius grabs his Akinakes, and stabs Ramesses right through the wrist. Ramesses drobs his weapon before Darius stabs him throught the chest, and hurls his body off the cliff to the chasam below. Darius then raises his Akinakes, and screams in victory "PERSIA!"

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