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Two Views of Persia

When "Western Civilization" came into being during the fifth century before Christ, two inseparable components formed its nucleus: first, a two-staged war, and second, a long literary reflection on the context and meaning of that war.

First, the war. In 490 the Persian Emperor, Darius I, landed a massive force on the shores of Attica, northeast of Athens. In prompt response, a handful of Athenians and their neighbors arrived on the scene and, in one afternoon, routed the invading army at a town called Marathon.

A decade later, Xerxes brought the Persians to Greece . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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