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Xerxes: A Persian Life

Richard Stoneman


Xerxes, Great King of the Persian Empire from 486–465 B.C., has gone down in history as an angry tyrant full of insane ambition. The stand of Leonidas and the 300 against his army at Thermopylae is a byword for courage, while the failure of Xerxes's expedition has overshadowed all the other achievements of his twenty-two-year reign. This book shows how Xerxes, despite sympathetic treatment by the contemporary Greek writers Aeschylus and Herodotus, had his reputation destroyed by later Greek writers and by the propaganda of Alexander III of Macedon. The text draws on the latest research in Acha ... More

Keywords: religious commitments, Xerxes, Persian Empire, Leonidas, Thermopylae, Alexander III, Persepolis, Greek communities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300180077
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300180077.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Stoneman, author
University of Exeter