Here's another thread from the Caesar's Messiah forum that I initiated at the end of August. It shows the motivation for revisiting the Persian dynasty and the transition to Alexander.
The study of the Persians and Alexander the Great will certainly not be like "eating our vegetables", because it exposes time-cherished ideas about emerging Greek democracy as a sham, even as it was demonstrated previously that the Roman Republic was a sham. The Greek city-states were thoroughly dominated by the Near Eastern royal family, and to an extent no less shocking than in Rome.
What's more, the "architecture" of the early Greek Empire period (in terms of royal family names, roles, and relationships) was emulated in the early Roman Empire period. We will be able to make many further insights by "reading" that monumental structure.
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