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Old February 13th, 2015, 04:20 PM   #1
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Which Greeks fought in the Persian army against other Greeks?


For example against Alexander. And what was the reason behind this tribalism?
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The Greeks have been fighting each other forever. There was never a united nation-state known as Greece in ancient times. The various city-states and kingdoms fought each other in vain until the Romans conquered them all.

Many Greeks were hired as mercenaries by the Persian Empire. Alexander vanquished these Greek mercenaries in his battles with the Persians, and saw them as lowly traitors.
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The Greeks have been fighting each other forever. There was never a united nation-state known as Greece in ancient times. The various city-states and kingdoms fought each other in vain until the Romans conquered them all.

Many Greeks were hired as mercenaries by the Persian Empire. Alexander vanquished these Greek mercenaries in his battles with the Persians, and saw them as lowly traitors.
Didnt these Greek mercenaries escape without a single lost?
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[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memnon_of_Rhodes]Memnon of Rhodes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

Had he not died of an inopportune illness, or had he got more support from Darius, the history of the world would likely have been different. He was perhaps, one of only two or three individuals who ever had the skill and/or resources to defeat Alex.
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Had he not died of an inopportune illness, or had he got more support from Darius, the history of the world would likely have been different. He was perhaps, one of only two or three individuals who ever had the skill and/or resources to defeat Alex.
Alexander used Memnon's niece Barsine as a mistress, lol.
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Alexander used Memnon's niece Barsine as a mistress, lol.
I'm confused. What does that have to do with anything? Or the thread at hand? Alex also had a thing for Bagoas. What's the relevance though?
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I'm confused. What does that have to do with anything? Or the thread at hand? Alex also had a thing for Bagoas. What's the relevance though?
His niece hopping literally into bed with Alex shows he was in it for the money like any mercenary.

Greek mercenaries could be from anywhere and even Greeks used Greek mercenaries (Alexander hired 200 Cretan archers for example and Xenophon fought for Sparta).
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His niece hopping literally into bed with Alex shows he was in it for the money like any mercenary.

Greek mercenaries could be from anywhere and even Greeks used Greek mercenaries (Alexander hired 200 Cretan archers for example and Xenophon fought for Sparta).
Ok so? The question was which of them fought for Persia against the Greeks. He did.

I do think there was a little more to it than simply mercenary action. He and his brother had served with Persians for a long time. He was married to the daughter of the Satrap of Phrygia. I don't think he was a simple mercenary. We don't know why Barsine had an affair with Alexander. Maybe it was a loveless marriage, but I don't think it can itself indicate that he was "in it for the money". Yes, there were mercenaries on both sides, but I suspect Memnon was not simply looking for a payoff. He was trying his level best to defeat Alex, so I suspect there was some level of loyalty involved.
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A lot of Greeks hated Alexander, Memnon probably was hero for them. Barsine was taken prisoner some people probably think that she had to curl in the ball and die, but I disagree. She had fling with the most powerful man on the world, a lot of women go to someones bed for something like 10 dollars.
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