A bas-relief at Persepolis , depicting the united Medes and Persians. By the second millennium BC, the ancient Iranian peoples arrived in what is now Iran from the Eurasian Steppe ,  rivaling the native settlers of the region. From the late 10th to the late seventh century BC, the Iranian peoples, together with the "pre-Iranian" kingdoms, fell under the domination of the Assyrian Empire , based in northern Mesopotamia. The conquest of Media was a result of what is called the Persian Revolt.
Capital punishment in Iran Some human rights activists and opponents of the government in Iran claim between 4, and 6, gay men and lesbians have been executed in Iran for crimes related to their sexual orientation since According to Yahyavi, gays deserve to be tortured, executed, or both. Ten to fifteen percent of executions in Iran are for rape. The rape victim may settle the case by accepting compensation jirat in exchange for withdrawing the charges or forgiving the rapist. A woman can also receive diyya for injuries sustained.