Alexander Histories and Iranian Reflections

Remnants of Propaganda and Resistance


Alexander the Great’s military campaign to conquer the Achaemenid empire included a propaganda campaign to convince the Iranians his kingship was compatible with their religious and cultural norms. This campaign proved so successful that the overt display of Alexander’s Iranian and Zoroastrian preferences alienated some of his Greek and Macedonian allies. Parivash Jamzadeh shows how this original propaganda material displayed multiple layers of Iranian influences. Additionally she demonstrates that the studied sources do not always offer an accurate account of the contemporary Iranian customs, and occasionally included historical inaccuracies.
One of the most interesting finds in this study is the confusion of historical sources that arose between the opponents Darius III and Alexander. Jamzadeh argues that the Iranian propaganda regarding Alexander the Great has contributed to this confusion.

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Parivash Jamzadeh, PhD (1991) University of California, Berkeley, has taught history at Tehran University and is the author of several articles published in Iranica Antiqua, Studia Iranica and other academic journals.
Ch. I The Plight of the Achaemenid Royal Women
Ch. II Darius’ Letters to Alexander and the Responses: Ideology of Conquest in Retrospect
Ch. III The Campaign for Persia in Iranian & Zoroastrian Lights
Ch. IV Darius’ Last Days & Counter-Propagandas
Ch. V Bessus’ Fate
Ch. VI Alexander’s Persian Attire
Ch. VII Reflections from Darius I’s Rhetoric
Ch. VIII Zoroastrian Echoes in Alexander Histories
Ch. IX Iranian Echoes in Mutiny’s Accounts
Ch. X Alexander’s Final Days and Iranian Reflections
Ch. XI Alexander’s Entombment and Iranian Echoes
Ch. XII The Plight of Alexander’s Family
Ch. XIII Reverence for the Fravashī of Alexander
Ch. XIV Testimony of Zoroastrian Sources
Ch. XV Concluding Remarks
All interested in Iranian Studies, Alexander histories, Achaemenid history and history and culture of ancient Near East in general.