Military Campaigns of Xerxes the Great

A relief with a representation of Persian King Xerxes I. 5th century BCE, Persepolis. By Dr. Joshua J. Mark / 03.14.2018 Professor of Philosophy Marist College Introduction Xerxes I (ruled 486-465 BCE), also known as Xerxes the Great, was the king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. His official title was Shahanshah which, though usually translated as `emperor’, actually means `king of kings’.[…]

Thinking Iranian, Rethinking Greek

“Wanderer above the sea of fog” (ca. 1818), Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840). Image via Wikimedia Commons. By Dr. Gregory Nagy / 03.13.2015 Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University Introduction What do you first think of when we hear the words Iranian[…]

Satraps of Ancient Persia

Syrians bearing tribute to Darius the Great of Persia / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Lori Khatchadourian Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies Cornell University Introduction Hushang ascended the throne after his grandfather and declared himself the king of the seven realms. During the forty years of his reign, Hushang spread justice and enriched the world[…]