Crucifixion of the Jews: Book 1

Lead–in #1 480 BCE – 301 BCE – pivoting around the “The Spartan 300”

“The 300” is the historic shorthand applied to the legendary Spartan (Greek) core defensive force commanded by King Leonidas I at the iconic Battle of Thermopylae (Greece) in August/September 480 BCE.

“The 300” were pitted against the Persian Empire’s elite 10,000 “Persian Immortals,” themselves a sub–component of the forward–force of 200,000+ soldiers of Xerxes I, Emperor of Persia. The total Persian expeditionary force mustered by Darius I numbered between 250,000 (the current consensus) and 2 million+ (historian Herodotus).

The massive Xerxes I invasion itself was a delayed response to the Athenian/Greek victory over the Persians at
Marathon (Greece) ten years earlier (c. 490 BCE). The earlier Persian invasion had been orchestrated by Darius I (reign: 522 BCE – 486 BCE), the late father of Xerxes I.

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