Persis (in Greek, derivated from Persian pars) is the ancient name of the approximate area of modern Fars in Central Iran, as well as a state of the Hellenistic and Imperial periods in this same province. Its name is derived from the Persians who settled in the area in the 7th century BCE, the place being called Anšan before.

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  • 316 BCE
    Satrap of Persis Peucestas is defeated at the Gabiene Battle, alongside of Eumenes. Evagros is appointed in Persis by Antigonus I Monopthalmus.
  • 312 BCE
    Evagros is killed in battle by Seleucos I. Persis comes under Seleucid rule.
  • c. 295 BCE
    Seleucos I makes an alliance with local Persis dynast, Ardaxsir, becoming the first frataraka of Persis.
  • c. 270 BCE
    Wahabarz (oborzes) succeeds to the frataraka Ardaxsir in Persis.
  • 222 BCE - 220 BCE
    Satrap of Persis Alexander, alongside of his brother Molon, satrap of Mediare, revolt against Antiochos III. Their defeat begins a period of time without a known frataraka in Persis.
  • 141 BCE
    Persis passes from Seleucid to Parthian domination.
  • c. 211 CE
    Ardashir, king (malakh) of Persis, revolts against the Parthians and founds the Sasanian Empire.