By Vernon L. Provencal
The Persians because the Greek 'other' have an important position all through Herodotus' Histories, yet their characterisation is much divorced from old truth. as an alternative, from their first visual appeal firstly of the Histories, Herodotus provides the Persians as adept within the argumentation of Greek sophists lively in mid-5th century Athens. in addition, Herodotus' build of the Sophist King, in whom political cause serves human ambition, is used to provide an explanation for the Achaemenid version of kingship whose rule is grounded in a theological wisdom of cosmic order and of divine justice because the political good.
This unique and in-depth research explores how the ideology which Herodotus ascribes to the Persians comes without delay from fifth-century sophists whose arguments served to justify Athenian imperialism. the quantity connects the ideological clash among panhellenism and imperialism in Herodotus' modern Greece to his illustration of the previous clash among Greek freedom and Persian imperialism. Detecting a common paradigm, Sophist Kings argues that Herodotus used to be suggesting the Athenians should still regard their very own empire as a betrayal of the typical reason wherein they led the Greeks to victory within the Persian wars.
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