Persepolis is the name of a best-selling book and animated movie about a girl growing up in Iran. Anybody seen it?
As far as our own book on Persia, there is still a little more road to travel. In the next segment I'll return to the Persian name of Alexander, Bupares/Arbupales, and show that this name was associated with the founding of the kingdom of Macedonia, or should we say the Persian take-over in Macedonia. A prince named Bubares son of Megabyzus (a.k.a. Cyrus the Great, if you recall) married the sister of Alexander I of Macedonian (son of king Amyntas I) and became the father of Macedonian king Amyntas II.
Amyntas II, as the successor of Alexander son of Amyntas I, was also known as Perdiccas II. (There is no record of an independent reign of Amyntas II.) Perdiccas was better known outside Macedon as the renowned general Brasidas of Sparta. His successor in Macedon, Archelaus, we have already encountered. He was better known as Alcibiades of Athens/Sparta and Prince Cyrus brother of Artaxerxes II the Persian.
From there, we will explore how Josephus patterned the Herodian family of his times after Amyntas III of Macedon. Amyntas III had sons named Antipater, Alexander, Ptolemy of Alorus, Perdiccas (Tiberius is an anagram of this name), Philip II, and Archelaus. These of course were patterned one-for-one, at least by Josephus, with the major princes of Herodian times and reveal much that was previously hidden about these Herodians as well as their Roman counterparts. These 1st Century royal lives in turn reveal much about their role models in the Persian-Macedonian ruling house.
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