Response to Spiegel Magazine’s Article !

ebi amirhosseini
by ebi amirhosseini

His article has been published in

"The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies" (CAIS).

Here is an excerpt of it :

" Perhaps Mr. Schulz is not aware that it was not just "Some Greeks" who praised Cyrus. This is true despite the fact that Classical Greece and the Achaemenid Empire fought many bitter and bloody wars, notably at Marathon (490 BC), Thermopylae and Salamis (480 BC). It is also a fact that the mainland (European) Greeks fought hard against the Achaemenid Empire to retain their independence. Why would a nation that had fought so hard against the Achaemenid Empire, have any reason to selectively "flatter" Cyrus the Great? This is because the Greeks, who excelled in the disciplines of balanced thought and logical thinking realized that just because they were at war with the Achaemenid Empire did not mean that all members and rulers of that Empire were "evil". Simply put, they did not allow their political passions to bias their views of "the other", even if that other was a military opponent. Nobody forced the ancient Greeks to describe Cyrus the Great in a favorable manner. The Greeks in fact had written a virtual compendium of Cyrus entitled the Cyropedia of Xenophon".

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Thank you for posting this

by asdf (not verified) on

Thank you for posting this brilliant response.


Great article

by Zion on

Thanks for letting us know. This was a great response to that load of crap published in Der Spiegel. Good to know there are such informed scholars around with a sense of responsibility to stand up to ideological nonsense.


thank you for this article..

by faryarm on

There is nothing like a firm response to stupidity...

ebi amirhosseini

Souri Jaan !!

by ebi amirhosseini on

It is 100% bullet-proof !.Forward it " Cheshm basteh".

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ebi jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

a very detailed and comprehensive article indeed. 


Thank you ebi jan

by Souri on

This is Great. I was long waiting for an intensive and good response like this to forward to my friends. I just overlooked for now, had no time to read it all, but from the capital title and few paragraphs it show how it is well argumented. Thanks a lot.