THEMISTOCLES' PERSIAN TAPESTRY

@article{Gera2007THEMISTOCLESPT,
  title={THEMISTOCLES' PERSIAN TAPESTRY},
  author={D. Gera},
  journal={The Classical Quarterly},
  year={2007},
  volume={57},
  pages={445 - 457}
}
  • D. Gera
  • Published 2007
  • Art
  • The Classical Quarterly
A whole series of Greeks, outstanding and ordinary, came to the king’s court in Persia in the classical period,1 but only one, Themistocles, is said to have learned the Persian language.2 Ancient authors were quite interested in Themistocles’ language skills and accounts of his mastery of Persian are found in a wide variety of sources. These different versions illuminate ancient ideas on language acquisition and the implications of learning a foreign language, as well as the uses to which the… Expand
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    71C-D) has little doubt that Themistocles spent a year learning Persian in order to convey his nefarious plans (cf. ) in secret to the king