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Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
by Tom Holland
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A forced attempt to bridge ancient history with the modern day, 21 Sep 2007
I thought it was strange that modern day and even ancient Greeks and Iranians actually have/had alot more in common culturally, despite the relatively "recent" [on a 2,500 year old time scale] adoption of Islam than they do with the modern day west. And that is why I think it is silly to analogize this part of history to the modern day situation in the middle east.

The analogy breaks down because although the Greeks practiced a predecessor to modern day western government aka democracy the Persians of that era practiced Zoroastrianism which was the predecessor of monotheism and also contained a religious code of ethics which can be found in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

So what is really the West ? It is more the sum of these two cultures which came from their clashing, this region being where indo-european languages have spawned from. Avestan, the language of the Zoroastrians being a direct ancestor to modern day greek, farsi, and a host of other european languages.

I found it ironic that the "Western Terrorists" are "Democratic" and that the Persians are the Empire ... A nice reminder of the relativity of perspective and the power of propoganda.

I hope this story shows that we as citizens of the earth should grow to abandon the repeating cycles of history.


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