- Oct 2018
I think it could be interpreted either way. It seems to me that either he is saying that they were the greatest among the Persians, or he is saying that they, who are of the Persians, are the greatest. If we interpret the statement the latter way, then as you previously noted, it seems that he rates them above Alexander ostensibly because they relied more than Alexander on merit to take power. But then again, you may be right that he is merely comparing them to other Persians.Actually, looking at the Latin, what Nepos says is that he thought the most eminent were: "Persarum Cyrus et Darius, Hystaspi filius." Does this not mean: "Of the Persians, Cyrus and Darius were the best?" This changes the meaning a bit.