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In the spring of 324 BC The viewer in the Persian capital Susa had an amazing scenario: on a feast that lasted five days, thousands of Macedonian men married as many Persian women! The initiator of this mass wedding was Alexander the Great. After years of campaigns from Asia Minor to Egypt and India, Alexander had completely conquered the Persian Empire. But that alone was not enough for him. His rule should also be secure and permanent, and in his opinion, this included an approximation of the Macedonians to the Persians. So he had taken over the former Persian administration in addition to several city foundations and occupied with trusted Macedonians, but also Persians. He had taken over the Persian court ceremonial, the so-called Proskynese, the footfall before the ruler. And finally, a targeted marriage policy should bring the desired rapprochement. He married about 80 of his confidants with ladies of the Persian nobility. He married two Persian princesses in addition to his first wife. One of them was the daughter of Alexander Darius III, who had been defeated by Alexander, a move that was intended to strengthen his position as King of Persia. But more than that, thousands of existing connections between his soldiers and Persians were legalized and celebrated for five days according to Persian custom. The rapprochement, however, was of limited duration. A year later, Alexander died. He no longer had to experience how his policy was not pursued, his empire fell apart in the following years, and Macedonians and Persians alienated each other again.


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