from Esther's book in the Bible:
The Book of Esther
- more a religious calling to celebrate the Purim feast than a historical
document - has proved difficult to place in a historical context.
"Ahasuerus" should be Xerxes, but the career of his queen
Vashti in no way corresponds to that of Xerxes's wife Amestris, nor
to any woman of his court known in Persian sources. Josephus
identified Ahasuerus as his son , Artaxerxes,
and this seems more likely. Among his 4 known concubines or queens,
two of them are the 78th great-grandmothers of my children.
One of them was a Babylonian Jewess, who is no doubt the one named
Esther in Jewish tradition and the mother of king Darius while in
Persian sources is called Kosmartydene. It can't be proven, but would
be interesting if the Vashti of the Old Testament was then actually
our 78th great-grandmother, Andia, mother of Darius II's queen Parysatis,
ancestress of the later Achemenids.
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