By Richard Stoneman
Xerxes, nice King of the Persian Empire from 486–465 B.C., has long past down in historical past as an offended tyrant choked with insane ambition. The stand of Leonidas and the three hundred opposed to his military at Thermopylae is a byword for braveness, whereas the failure of Xerxes’ excursion has overshadowed all of the different achievements of his twenty-two-year reign.
during this full of life and accomplished new biography, Richard Stoneman exhibits how Xerxes, regardless of sympathetic remedy through the modern Greek writers Aeschylus and Herodotus, had his popularity destroyed through later Greek writers and via the propaganda of Alexander the good. Stoneman attracts at the newest study in Achaemenid reviews and archaeology to offer the ruler from the Persian standpoint. This illuminating quantity doesn't whitewash Xerxes’ failings yet units opposed to them such triumphs because the architectural beauty of Persepolis and a attention of Xerxes’ non secular commitments. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a guy who governed an unlimited and multicultural empire which the Greek groups of the West observed because the antithesis in their personal values.
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Xerxes: A Persian Life by Richard Stoneman