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People/Characters: Parysatis

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The Anabasis [in translation] by Xenophon
The bedside book of bastards by Dorothy M. Johnson
The Conqueror's Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great by Stephanie Thornton

Character description

Parysatis: Persian Queen, the wife of King Darius II. She was the mother of, among others, Artaxerxes II and Cyrus the Younger. She preferred Cyrus to her older son Artaxerxes, and her support of him eventually resulted in him trying to take the throne from his brother. Cyrus's army consisted largely of Greek mercenaries -- the "Persian Expedition" of Xenophon -- but Artaxerxes managed to outwit the leaders of the expedition and survived. Cyrus, of course, did not.
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