Are Persian Long Swordsman worth making? In rare circumstances? Like the late game? Or some certain civ you facing against in the late game? Could you confuse your enemy when they are massing pikemen/halberdiers expecting cavalry only to meet swarms of Long Swordsmen instead?
In most cases you would prefer to make use of your full stable and complement your cav with trashbows or gunpowder to counter pikes. Up until Castle Age they are still generic and a good choice against the eagle line so that’s their niche.
Confuse them? Yes. Win against them? Eh. Maybe. But unlikely. I’d rather invest these resources in those excellent Persian knights
It’s hard to make a case for this. Early castle you could make a point for them, but you have much stronger units on this situation, like knights with bonus vs archers, camels, trash xbows, cav archers. Later in the game you definetly should opt for something your civ is beter, since they will be too weak for any practical use.