By Parivash Jamzadeh
Alexander the Great's army crusade to overcome the Achaemenid empire integrated 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 exhibit of Alexander's Iranian and Zoroastrian personal tastes alienated a few of his Greek and Macedonian allies. Parivash Jamzadeh exhibits how this unique propaganda fabric displayed a number of layers of Iranian impacts. also she demonstrates that the studied assets don't continuously provide a correct account of the modern Iranian customs, and sometimes integrated historic inaccuracies. the most fascinating reveals during this learn 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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J. Baynham, Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction, Oxford, 2002, pp. 50–95, n. E. Atkinson, A Commentary on Q. Curtius Rufus’ Historiae Alexandri Magni, BKS 3 & 4, Amsterdam, 1980, p. 195, who also doubts the historicity of the custom, but notes that according to Herodotus III. 31, Cambyses’ wife had gone with him to Egypt. However, it is noteworthy that Herodotus in relating accounts of Cambyses’ madness (III. )—one of which is marrying his sisters, against Persian law—adds that “it was the younger of these who had come with him to Egypt, and whom he now killed” (trans.
With eyes fixed on the ground and her face veiled as far as was allowed, she made the king suspect that she was of too high birth to be exhibited among the entertainment of a banquet. When asked who she was she answered that she was the granddaughter of Ochus, the former king of Persia, being the daughter of his son, and Hystaspes’ wife who had been a kinsman of Darius and himself an army commander. Alexander, out of respect, not only orders her release but also returns her property and institutes a search for her husband.
His officers also scatter and rush to save their possessions. 165 However, they do not remain long in captivity for Cyrus out of magnanimity releases them. 168 In another episode Croesus king of Lydia, threatened by Cyrus, sends his womenfolk in carriages to safety at night so to have a comfortable journey. 169 Another episode tells of the extent of a wife’s role in relation to her husband’s war efforts. 170 She receives fair treatment from Cyrus and later manages to bring her husband and his army to Cyrus’ 165 Xenophon, Cyropaedia III.
Alexander Histories and Iranian Reflections: Remnants of Propaganda and Resistance by Parivash Jamzadeh