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When large, powerful empires swallow up smaller civilizations, the small civilizations must deal with a difficult question: is it better to keep your local culture or change to fit into a mighty empire?\n\nIn the first century CE, Persia dealt with this dilemma. Should the smaller Persian Empire live under Greek rule? Should Persians adapt to the Hellenistic culture that was spreading throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe? Or was it better for them to remain true to their Persian culture?