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 suitable with their spiritual and cultural norms. This crusade proved such a success that the overt show 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 constantly supply a correct account of the modern Iranian customs, and sometimes integrated old inaccuracies. essentially the most attention-grabbing reveals during this research is the confusion of ancient resources 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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Although the corpus of information reported about her is small, yet what there is merely exists as a backdrop for accentuating Alexander’s chivalry and leading towards Darius’ speech admiring him and recognizing him as his heir. The sources agree on her exceptional beauty126 and that Alexander never violated her, honouring her chastity. ”127 Here, one can see that the information about her beauty is immediately followed, as if necessary and complementary to the previous statement, by a judgement of Alexander’s manners in this regard.
He states that Darius’ camp was stormed and captured, his mother was taken with his wife who was also his sister and his infant son, as well as two of Darius’ daughters and a few noble Persian ladies who were in their attendance. 73 With regard to the last sentence, the obvious question is if his luxurious life style even in war had required the presence of such luxuries, then why is he sending them away? How is he going to manage with this necessary baggage that he has to carry along in every situation?
This understanding— perhaps with Iranian origins and from a milieu with an evolved ideology of kingship—could have developed, in the propaganda efforts of Alexander, into a real life history with a queen of Darius metaphorically representing the country, who is neglected and endangered by the incompetent husband/king, only to be rescued/captured and looked after by the king/protector: ‘Alexander’ (with a special emphasis on the meaning of his 145 Cf. D. Carney, “Alexander and Persian Women”, American Journal of Philology 117, 1996, 563–583.
Alexander Histories and Iranian Reflections: Remnants of Propaganda and Resistance by Parivash Jamzadeh