Not content to deny the Holocaust, Iran’s government now denies the wars between the Persian Empire and the Greek states. Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham complained about the movie 300, which pits heroic Spartans against bad-guy Persians. According to Iran’s official news agency:
The movie has fabricated the history with depicting a war between Iran and Greece, whereas, no Greek king dared to stand up to the Persian Empire or the Emperor Xerxes.
Though Sparta’s King Leonidas cherished such a dream, but, he lost his head and Iranian fighters threw his head before Emperor Xerxes’s feet and told him that he had attempted a suicide attack to Persian Army.
Leonidas lost at Thermopylae, but the Greeks defeated the Persian fleet at Salamis and then defeated the remaining Persian army at Plataea. In the first Persian War, the Athenians defeated the Persians, under Darius, at Marathon.
I highly recommend Mary Renault’s historical novels about ancient Greece and Macedonia, especially The Last of the Wine, which takes place during the wars between Athens and Sparta. The Persian Boy tells how Alexander the Great, a Macedonian Greek, destroyed the Persian Empire.