Thu Aug 13 16:27:03 2009
I don’t think there was the permanent enmity between Greeks and Persians that we presume. Herodotus points out the differences in his Histories, but if it was so obvious his book might not have been necessary. There is a lot of exchange between the two cultures– Greek mercenaries are often found fighting on the side of the Persians. And its not a bad place to look for a job if you’re an out of work general like Alcibiades. Not to mention that Greeks have been fighting against other Greeks at least as often as they have been fighting against the Persians.