X for XERXES.

Xerxes was a 5th Century king of Persia the son of Darius the Great. His attempt to conquer Greece ended unsuccessfully at the battle of Salamis.


This was a decisive victory for the Greeks. In his attempt to conquer Greece and the rest of Europe he built a canal across the isthmus where Mount Athos covered the land all  the way down to the sea.
 The canal was critical to Xerxes plan in an attempt to conquer Greece and the rest of Europe. Xerxes commissioned his General Mardonius to build a bridge across the Hellespont to assist the effort in conquering Europe.
 To the dismay of  Xerxes a fierce storm erupted and totally wrecked the bridge thus thwarting his plans. He was furious and ordered that all those that built the bridge be decapitated. Furthermore he ordered that the Hellespont should receive 300 lashes!

 Xerxes truly believed that flogging the Hellespont would be an indication of his wrath. he believed that the water intended to wrong him by destroying his bridges.

Xerxes and his men flogging the Hellespont .


Xerxes may have been an emergent Pantheist believing that God and nature are one and the same. Either way Xerxes  not only gave the Hellespont a good dose of it's own medicine but also, undoubtedly felt better after this exercise.


X stands for an  EXTRA Piece... a little 

 fun from Mr Edward Lear... one of my favourite writers.





 Without EXCEPTION I'm about to  EXIT this EXCRUCIATINGLY difficult letter to find a subject worthy enough to write about on this wonderful and EXTRAORDINARY  Meme created  by the EXCEPTIONALLY talented Denise who devised ABCW and our EXPERT administrator Roger for all he does and not forgetting the team of helpers who assist with the visiting of each participant.

Best wishes,

Di. ABCW team.

  




Comments

  1. A historie lesson, brought with fun.... I feel a little sad to realise that I've missed out on a far better historie teacher ;-)

    Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
    ♫ M e l d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    (http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-18-x/)

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  2. Hi Melody,
    Glad you enjoyed your history lesson and I do like to
    inject a little humour into my ramblings.
    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  3. I"m sure he felt much better after lashing the seas! I've been there..... loved Lear's comment.

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  4. Hello Hildred, I'm sure he did after all his lost battles...
    Edwar Lear is wonderful isn't he, always can make the most amusing little anecdote for any situation.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team xx

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    1. Photo cache...
      Yes Xerxes (pronounced Zurksees) does have a certain ring to it, he was a rather silly and vacuous man, in my humble opinion! Whilst I was swotting up about him I learned so much about that period in time I have travelled widely around Turkey yet never managed to get to the Dardanelles, I know that the Turks and the Greeks don't like each other very much and now I understand why.
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW etan

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    1. Thanks Roger,
      A rather interesting time in history but I had to condense my writing as it could have rambled on too long and, dare I say, become boring!
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  7. That name and fable is new to me.
    ABCW is a wonderful learning eXperience for me. :)
    Happy ABCW!

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    1. Hi Indrani,
      Good to hear from you again.
      I agree with you about ABCW, I too have learned so much
      since joining and I look forward each wednesday to opening my PC and reading about many different people's lives, so interesting !
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  8. Great historical post for X and neat information and photos ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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    1. Hi Carol,
      so good to hear from you glad you like my x contribution.
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  9. Oh my this sure was an eXreme punishment.
    Ann

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    1. EXactly Ann, '
      but then in those days decapitation was part of the course.
      In some parts of the world it still happens.
      Good to hear from you,
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  10. Great info along with pictures.

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    1. Hi. KVVM.
      thanks for stopping by and your kind comments,
      best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  11. The drawing of flogging the Hellespont is as funny as the Lear poem. I think its the combination of the fruitless action and the serried ranks watching.

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    1. Hello Joy,
      I quite agree with you I think Xerxes was somewhat
      unhinged, often as history dictates, most despots are!
      I do like Mr Lear, he never fails to put a smile on my face.

      Kind regards,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  12. I am so glad we don't have leaders like Xeres right now. Sheesh!

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    1. Indeed Susie,
      but then there are still a few nutters around, the last
      historical figure that i can recall trying to engage with
      the sea was King canute when he tried to turn the waves back
      for some reason or other, that I can't remember!
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      Abcw team.xx

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  13. Interesting history lesson!

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    1. Hi Gatina,
      Nothing like a bit of history to get the old brain box
      ticking over...Thanks for stopping by,
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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