the resident Cassandra
- Dec 4, 2006
But that was my point. The local population was not replaced. The local ruling elites were hellenized quickly. But not entirely, or even for the most part, replaced. the people modified its culture only slowly. And then synthetically.Zoroastrianism was still the prevailing religion on the Iranian plateau many centuries after Alexander (indeed it was not until after the Muslim conquests, almost a full thousand years after Alexander, that it died out in Iran and the surrounding area). This is not a good analogy at all.