WI: Alexander does not burn down Persepolis

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by QuoProQuid, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. QuoProQuid Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Following the capture of Persepolis in 330 Alexander the Great threw a massive celebration, which ended in the burning of the entire city including the magnificent palace which dominated the area. The army had been there for months and although looting had taken place, large parts of the city were still salvagable and the Palace had been mostly untouched by the violence until the burning.

    So, what if Alexander the Great returns to his senses and does not utterly destroy the city?
  2. robertp6165 Confederate Troll

    Jan 1, 2004
    South Carolina: The Cradle of Secession
    Possibly the Seleucids and/or the Parthians use it as a capital, although that's probably not very likely since Persepolis wasn't strategically located to control an important trade route or anything like that. If so, the city lasts for a few more centuries and is probably abandoned during the early centuries of the Common Era...maybe it even lasts up to the Arab invasion of the 7th century A.D. If not, it withers away like Babylon did when the Seleucids built Seleucia, but probably more quickly, sometime during the last few years B.C.

    What impact would that have? We have some marginally better preserved ruins today. And there are tales of archives consisting of documents written on cowhide with gold ink, which were supposedly destroyed in the fire. If those survived the succeeding centuries...a questionable proposition at best...it might greatly enhance our understanding of Achaemenid Persia and early Zoroastrianism. Other than that, not much.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2011