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Semiramis' LegacyThe History of Persia According to Diodorus of Sicily$
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Jan Stronk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414258

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414258.001.0001

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The Persians and the Greek Wars

The Persians and the Greek Wars

(p.142) 3 The Persians and the Greek Wars
Semiramis' Legacy

Jan P. Stronk

Edinburgh University Press

After a brief introduction, in which some attention is paid to Persian peculiarities, the rule of subsequent Achaemenid kings is related. The reigns of Cyrus II the Great, Cambyses II, Darius I the Great, and Xerxes I are referred to by Diodorus. A special role in this chapter is preserved for the Greco-Persian Wars. Diodorus’ version of them differs in places from the best-known version, that by Herodotus, and therefore adds to our understanding of these wars (or at least questions the absolute trust at present frequently placed in Herodotus’ account).

Keywords:   Cyrus II the Great, Cambyses II, Darius I the Great, Xerxes I, Herodotus, Greco-Persian Wars

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