I'm looking to post a few more segments of the Persia study this weekend. The amount of new insight into the transition period from "native" rule in Egypt to "Persian" rule has been staggering. It's been well worth the extra time spent on it.
After this, there will be at least one more segment on Pericles and the Parthenon and its importance as an inspiration for the later Herodian temple of Jerusalem. That will finally conclude our investigation of the reign of Xerxes/Arta-Xerxes.
From there, we'll look at the reign of Darius II and the feud that developed with the descendants of Otanes/Daniel.
Next will be an examination of the succession battle between Prince Cyrus and Artaxerxes II. We will find a close parallel between this Cyrus (called Archaelaus in Macedonia) and the Roman Germanicus (called Archelaus in Israel).
The Persian study begins to climax with the reign of Artaxerxes II ("Memnon"). As I mentioned in a post at the Caesar's Messiah forum, Josephus patterned the "sons" of Herod the Great (who was also a Memnon/Solomon) after the sons of Artaxerxes II (Amyntis of Macedonia).
The conclusion of the Persia study of course involves Alexander the Great, and demonstrating that he was a prince of the Persian court. In particular, Alexander was an officially appointed military governor of Babylon prior to his conquest of the East, and as such he was welcomed and accepted there enthusiastically (even as one of their own). Alexander the "Rolling Stone" might have sang, "Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name."
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