Battles of Cyrus II
Under the leadership of Cyrus II, the Persians revolted against Median rule and defeated the Median King Astages and gained their freedom. The victory was initiated by Harpagus (a Median general) who sought revenge for the death of his son by Astages. Harpagus persauded others in the Median nobility to overthrow the harsh rule of their king in favour of Cyrus. The Median army was defeated after a short battle as many changed sides or fled, Astages was captured. The Medians gained their freedom from Astages but now became the subjects of Persia.
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