2. The Coming of the Persians (The Greeks and the Others)

Here is a series of lectures given by Sean Gabb in 2022, in which he discusses the influence of the Greeks on the other peoples of the Ancient World. For reasons of politeness and data protection, all student contributions have been removed.

This second lecture in the course explains how the Persians rose to supremacy in the Near East of the 6th century BC, and how they encountered the Greeks, and what the Greeks thought of them. It touches on Cyrus the Great and Darius the Great, and the Delphic Oracle’s advice to Croesus, and on the Ring of Polycrates. In short, it relies heavily on Herodotus.

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