That's very interesting. I read Persian Fire after you had recommended it and was amazed at how lopsided the battles that the Greeks won were. So either Xerxes didn't bring the number of troops stated, his troops weren't very good, the Greeks were very good, or, as you suggest, the battles were thrown!
But you know, parts of Josephus' Jewish Wars reminded me of Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars. Any I still wonder whether Josephus/Nerva copied from Caesar, who copied from Alexander, who copied from Homer, who copied from Tuthmosis III who copied from... But then I think wars are all pretty much alike!
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