Some lepers I abandoned in ancient land (6)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'ancient land' is the definition.
'some lepers i abandoned' is the subsidiary indication.
'some' says the answer is hidden in the clue (some of the parts of the word are used).
'persia' is hidden in the letters of 'lepers i abandoned'.
'in' is the link.
(Other definitions for persia that I've seen before include "Old land", "It's now known as Iran", "A country", "Aspire to this old country", "Old Iran", "Old name for country at 25 Across", "Praise be to ancient Iran", "Iran, formerly", "iran" and "Very old Iran".)