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Title: Medical Aspects of the Encounter between Greece and the Persian Empire
Author(s): ARATA, L.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 41    Date: 2006   
Pages: 119-126
DOI: 10.2143/IA.41.0.2004763

Abstract :
When we think of the encounter between the ancient Greeks, representing in some way our Western tradition of thought, and the ancient Persians, representing Eastern social and political institutions2, it brings to mind the vast differences between these two worlds, the dissimilar roots they were related to and above all the two wars that the Greeks named the “Persian wars”. Two Persian kings, Darius the Great in 480 B.C. and, ten years later, his son Xerxes, in order to expand their empire into Greece, started two military expeditions which both ended with the victory of the Greek alliance, guided by Athens and Sparta.

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