Oh, the Persians, damn monsters... of course in the fictional sens of the word, not that any actual man would believe they are what the movie depicted.
Alas generally thought of as "bad guys" in the context of the Greco-Persian wars. And why not ? They were invading Greece, they were the invaders right ? And Greece stood for democracy and freedom and... and... same sex sexual relations and all the modern things, right guys, right !?
Oh well, what most seem to overlook is the fact that the king of the Persian Empire was labeled "King of kings", why you ask ? Because the Persian Empire didn't have 1 king, indeed the emperor let all the kings and leaders he defeated live and continue to lead their country as long as they paid tribute.
Tribute ? Like slaves for the army ? And girls to become whores and work the plantation ? And enforcing nasty Persian laws and religions !?
Nope... sadly the Persian had a paid army, and didn't allow slavery... come to think of it it's one of the few things they generally didn't allow Empire wide, because they allowed all religions to continue existing and all the political and administrative systems in place to work only adding institutions such as tax collectors and recruitment stations.
So really what would have happened to Greece when it got conquered:
- forced to free the slaves
- forced to have a paid army ( paid by the Empire non the less )
- forced to pay more taxes
- encouraged to at least try and be a little bit more united as a people
- allowed to keep their religions
- allowed to keep fucking whatever animal/man they wanted and even encouraged to give women more rights to have them equal to those they had in Iran back then
You want to know a fun fact ? the battle of Thermopylae was likely fought by about 20.000 man vs 100.000 man not 300 vs 2 millions, and the Greeks ( which stood united and all that, vs the persian unorganized monsters ) lost the battle they had planed to win via starvation due to ether a) the persians having better scouts and realizing they could attack trough were the Greeks didn't even thought they could or b) a traitor.
Another fun fact ? The Persians likely had better trained army than the Greeks, indeed the persian army was one of the first to encourage not only formation training but also physical, psychical and some say basic culture training for their PAID soldiers ( hello Romans, see ya in bout 400 years ).
Damn, is funny how things work. You want to know what else is funny, the fact that most of our ( Europeans and US at least ) knowledge about books, architecture... arts in general, begins at the Greeks and ends at the Romans than suddenly reapers out of nowhere in the 14century with the humanist current in Italy.
Fun fact how about 1000 years of arts and philosophy can be forgotten when the guys developing them were Asians and Africans.
Just felt like saying this... I love how the way "history" works.