Skip to comments.What if the Persian Empire of King Xerxes had conquered Greece?
Posted on 04/07/2011 5:34:56 AM PDT by Cronos
With Greece a Persian province what would have happened next? Forward into the Balkans and be met by Eastern Europe's barbaric tribes. It is likely on the evidence of the Romans occupation of that area that the Persians would struggle so far away from their own lands to subdue the Balkan and Italian areas even with the support of its Macedonian allies. But their incursion into this area of Europe would have stopped the formation of the Roman Empire as we know it, The Germanic tribes may have spread further and the migration of the peoples of the Steppes( Maygars etc) would have ended up displaced from the true history...
If the Persians had won we may never have heard or felt the greatness of Julius Augustus Caesar, the shape of Western Europe would be very different and Christianity may not have existed as we know it. Would all of Europe be living a religion still worshiping a sky God or would it be a religion based on the Persian belief structure
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This would have led to a quicker show down between the two, but could have resulted in a central force to whack down Mohammed (speculation, speculation, speculation...)
There would have been no Peloponesian War.
The US would be speaking Norwegian.
And you wouldn’t be able to get a good cheese danish in Atlanta at any price.
Jesus Christ would still have been born, Christianity would still have flourished and the Vatican would be in Tehran rather than Rome.
I read a fun book that asked a bunch of questions such as this. I think this particular question was in the second volume. Real good reading if you like this sort of thing.
The author loses some credibility when s/he conflates Julius with Augustus Caesar.
More likely Persepolis. Tehran is new. I once went to Persepolis — it is still awe-inspiring.
Thank you for that link, the book looks interesting.
Oh, that's not fair.
She lost credibility with me with her early praise of “300”.
Her overall grasp of historical chronology seems rather weak.
We’d have no olympics....or Greek weddings.
I haven’t seen “300,” although my daughter said it had amusing violence. I just can’t get into the semi-animation thing. I think it looks totally fake.
We have “300 Spartans,” from the 70s, on DVD.
I know :) But it’s a lovely city. though — you can get a good idea of how grand it was if you visit the British Museum in London which has these huge gateways and cuts from the palace walls.
The Persian empire didn't care about the religion of the conquered. Cyrus the Great was the one who freed the Jews from captivity in Babylon. With a weaker Roman Empire, or at least one with serious competition, the spread of Christianity throughout Europe by preaching would have still flourished, but forcing it on the Germanic tribes by the sword probably wouldn't have happened. For all we know, some later ruler of the Persian Empire may have converted to Christianity too.
Here's the question I'd like opinions on: Would there be any Islam? IMHO, a powerful Persian Empire would have stopped the spread of Islam cold. It would be a religion few cared about except the sand rats.
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