|Author||William Lamartine Snyder|
|Publication Date||June 16, 2012|
Persian Wars is derived chiefly from Herodotus. Fortunately for posterity the writings of the first great historian have escaped the ravages of time. After the lapse of centuries, we may read his charming account of the manners, customs and traditions of the nations of antiquity, and also concerning the wars and conquests embraced in their military annals. The attempt of A sia, under the control of a single individual, to reduce to slavery the free cities of Hellas, presents one of the most fascinating stories in recorded history. I t. is difficult to realize the extent of the power of Cyrus and Cambyses, of Darius and Xerxes, who ruled the eastern world, when we remember that without exception all within their vast dominions were abject slaves. At the request of Haman, Ahasuerus (A rtaxerxes) issued a decree to: destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish all Jews, both young and old, little children and women in one day. At the request of Queen Esther the decree was reversed, and at the kings command, Haman and the entire race of A gag perished. It is now reasonably certain, that the A mestris of Herodotus was the Vashti of Esther.
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