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By Parivash Jamzadeh

Alexander the Great's army crusade to beat the Achaemenid empire integrated a propaganda crusade to persuade the Iranians his kingship used to be appropriate 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 affects. also she demonstrates that the studied assets don't continuously provide a correct account of the modern Iranian customs, and sometimes integrated ancient inaccuracies. some of the most fascinating unearths during this research is the confusion of old assets that arose among the rivals Darius III and Alexander. Jamzadeh argues that the Iranian propaganda concerning Alexander the good has contributed to this confusion.

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18–19; Plutarch, Alexander XXX. 1; Justin XI. XII. 129 Plutarch, Alexander XXX. 1. 130 Justin XI. XII, trans. S. Watson, London, 1897, p. 101; Prof. Phillip Harding in a written communication kindly informs me that in Justin the cause of death is also childbirth. 131 Diodorus XVII. 54. 7; Justin XI. XII; Curtius IV. X. 23; Plutarch, Alexander XXX; Plutarch, Fortuna 338. 132 Plutarch, Alexander XXX. 133 Arrian IV. 19-6-20. 3; it is perhaps significant that Arrian next mentions Roxane who seems to have been confused with Darius’ wife at some stage.

63, 94; Shāhnāma has them captured after the third battle, see ed. J. Mohl, p. 1397. the plight of the achaemenid royal women 21 her stood a large number of noble ladies with torn hair and garments rent, forgetful of their former dignity. They called upon their ‘queens’ and ‘mistresses’ with titles that were formerly appropriate but no longer applicable. 74 It is significant that in Curtius’ account Darius’ son is six years old, while Arrian stated that he was an infant. Furthermore, the last sentence is also difficult to understand.

They also proposed that all the territory west of Euphrates up to the Aegean sea be Alexander’s and he should marry Darius’ daughter and become his friend and ally. Alexander responds that all Asia and its treasures was already his property, and if he wished to marry Darius’ daughter he would do so, no matter what Darius desired. But if he wanted his friendship, he must come to him.

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