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When Does Xerxes: King of Kings: The True Story Come Out? Ian MacGregor Morris 2022 Upcoming Book


A novel by: Ian Macgregor Morris
Publisher: Pen & Sword



Xerxes release date1st April 2023

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Xerxes Description

"Xšaya-rša (Khshayarshan) to the Persians, Ahasuerus to the Jews, Xerxes to the Greeks. So great was his power, that he was hailed by the Persians as ‘King of Kings’, and by the Greeks as “The Great King”. Famed for his beauty and magnificence, he ruled over the greatest empire the world had known, and built cities the like of which the world had never seen. He was the king who re-conquered Egypt and subdued the rebels of Babylon; he was the king who captured Athens and burnt the temples of the Acropolis; and of course he was the king who defeated Leonidas, the greatest of the Warrior-Kings of Sparta. Some claim that he was the king who saved the Jews. The life of Xerxes, however, has never been told – until now.

Ian McGregor Morris brings together a variety of evidence, literary and archaeological, to create a nuanced account that fully takes into account the context of fifth-century Persia. Morris reviews the background of Xerxes’ upbringing and his early taste of power, the problems of the succession, and the challenges he faced as a new king. The Greek expedition will be considered from a Persian perspective, while the effect of its failure on Persian policy in general, and on Xerxes in particular, forms a major theme of the later chapters. The character of Xerxes, so often depicted as hubristic, will be reexamined in terms of notions of Persian kingship, while his domestic policies on issues such as religious tolerance and the ambitious building programs will be seen in light of the political events of the period.

To those who know Xerxes only as the sadistic but effeminate poser in gold underpants from the 300 films (300 II is due out in March 2014), it will show a real man who is far more impressive."

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