Saturday, March 03, 2007

Conservapedia, PT II -- Xerxes the Great

Next up, a Conservapedia article on Xerxes the Great, who is described in a few meager lines: “King of Persia, r: 485–465 BC, chose the biblical Esther (Hadassah) as his wife. Depicted in the 2007 film 300 as being approximately 15 feet tall.” In fact, he’s simply referred to as Xerxes, no honorific -- how anti-Persian.

Now first, Xerxes is only possibly the Ahasuerus mentioned in the Books of Esther and Ezra, nothing definitive there folks. Second, Xerxes was far more important than (maybe) just being the hubby of Esther. He was the son of Darius the Great and grandson of Cyrus the Great; he suppressed revolts in Egypt and Babylon; he brought Egypt under tight control; he invaded Greece, won the Battle of Thermopylae, and then because of his own impatience and misplaced trust in Themistocles lost to the Greeks at Salamis; hell, he even sent one of his military commanders, Sataspes, on a mission to circumnavigate Africa. .

15 foot tall hubby of Esther indeed – but maybe, in the righteous world, that’s all that really matters.


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