By Parivash Jamzadeh
Alexander the Great's army crusade to beat the Achaemenid empire incorporated a propaganda crusade to persuade the Iranians his kingship was once appropriate with their non secular 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 resources don't continually supply a correct account of the modern Iranian customs, and infrequently integrated ancient inaccuracies. some of the most fascinating unearths during this learn is the confusion of historic assets that arose among the rivals Darius III and Alexander. Jamzadeh argues that the Iranian propaganda relating to Alexander the good has contributed to this confusion.
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4. Alexander and the Granddaughter of Ochus An interesting little story survives in Curtius that includes certain important information relevant to the question of the presence of the royal women in combat. 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.
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. 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.
99 The meeting proceeds with the episode of Darius’ son and Alexander’s remark on Darius’ lack of courage. Although in Diodorus’ account her speech is lacking, yet her behaviour is even more emotional. Seeing Alexander’s clemency, the women break into uncontrolled weeping, out of joy. 100 Here again we have references highly potential and relevant to receiving power. He has a pact made with the queen-mother, following which he gains ‘universal recognition’. However, it is possible to see vestiges of the cult of the goddess in these accounts as well.
Alexander Histories and Iranian Reflections: Remnants of Propaganda and Resistance by Parivash Jamzadeh