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Mardonius and Brygians[edit]

Mardonius was defeated by Brygians in Macedonia (492 BC)

--IonnKorr 21:59, 29 October 2005 (UTC)


Do we know what his name would have been in Persian? Adam Bishop 14:55, 25 February 2006 (UTC)

His name in Persian would have been 'Marduniyi', sort of meaning man-like or manlyness. --Arsenous Commodore 05:42, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

Gabrys and Darius are nowadays Lithuanian names. Mardonius has the ending of Lithuanian or Proto-Indo-European origin and sounds very Lithuanian. Darius means the man who is doing/making and Gabrys means a capable/smart man. Mardonius like Xerxes means nothing in Lithuanian language. Very interesting shift in that generation from old Proto-Indo-European to new Persian names. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:08, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

Moreover Arijai (lith. for Aryan) originates from the word 'arejai'=ploughmen —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:16, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

Conspiracy theories[edit]

There is a conspiracy theory (written at a rather bad-reputation greek conspiratorial magazine named "Davlos"), according which, Mardonius was a Jew named Mordecai, and Esther, the Jew queen of king Xerxes I, was the one who raised him up as prime minister, conspiring against Haman-Ammon, then pushed the plans of the military campaign to conquer Greece. Is there any possibility of Mardonius=Mordecai? Personally, I haven't found any reliable sources about any Mardonius' jewish descendancy or jewish interference in Xerxes' politics, and I suppose that it's rather nothing more than a conspiratorial, totally fictional antisemetic theory; but I want to investigate and confirm. But then, the ancient persian-jewish relations, is anyway an interesting historical issue, especially today that the friends of antiquity became vicious enemies.--ΚΑΛΛΙΜΑΧΟΣ 18:18, 3 April 2007 (UTC)