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Alexander Histories and Iranian Reflections: Remnants of by Parivash Jamzadeh

By Parivash Jamzadeh

Alexander the Great's army crusade to beat the Achaemenid empire incorporated a propaganda crusade to persuade the Iranians his kingship used to be suitable with their spiritual and cultural norms. This crusade proved such a success that the overt reveal of Alexander's Iranian and Zoroastrian personal tastes alienated a few of his Greek and Macedonian allies. Parivash Jamzadeh indicates how this unique propaganda fabric displayed a number of layers of Iranian impacts. also she demonstrates that the studied assets don't constantly supply a correct account of the modern Iranian customs, and sometimes integrated historic inaccuracies. probably the most attention-grabbing reveals during this examine is the confusion of historic assets that arose among the rivals Darius III and Alexander. Jamzadeh argues that the Iranian propaganda concerning Alexander the nice has contributed to this confusion.

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Arrian III. 17. B. Bosworth, A Historical Commentary on Arrian’s History of Alexander, Vol. 1, Oxford, 1980, 322–324. 123 Justin XIII. 1. 124 Diodorus XVII. 118. 3. 125 Curtius X. V. 19–25.  Alexander and Darius’ Wife An issue closely related to the propaganda program that was developed on the basis of the presence of the royal women in combat and their capture by Alexander’s forces is the question of the manner of his treatment of Darius’ wife. This is a somewhat elusive and intricate problem that would seem to defy reason on various levels.

They are not being detained by force, but are serving of their own free will. Then come to me and regard me as Lord of all Asia and ask for your mother, wife and children and anything else you please. For you shall have them. And in the future address me as the king of all Asia. And not as your equal. Everything you possess is now mine. 9 Further on in time we learn of another envoy from Darius when Alexander is busy with the siege of Tyre. They offer 10,000 talents in exchange for his mother, wife and children.

156 By now the entertainment provided by Greek artists who have been summoned from Greece is not enough, and his discontent leads him to even ask the captive women to sing for him. 157 But in this process the shy noble bearings of a captive woman makes Alexander suspicious of her high royal birth. This leads to the discovery that she is, in fact, the granddaughter of Ochus, a previous Achaemenid king. Curtius states that among these women the king noted one more sad than others and out of shyness resisting those who tried to bring her forward.

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