From: "Andrew Bollen"
Subject: Re: (urth) Latro and the Persian army Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 10:08:34 +1000 > > Crush responds: > You have solved the puzzle yourself. Latro was an Immortal -- probably an > officer among them on a tactical level. He could be merely an officer in the > Persian military, but it is unlikely that a foreigner would be permitted > such a distinction. Foreigners were, however, preferred among bodyguard > units as they considered less corruptible (Wolfe himself states in the > introduction) -- consider Rome's Praetorian Guard. How this particular Latin > won a place with the Immortals is not explained, but Latro's knowledge of > Zoroastrianism strongly suggests he spent some significant time in Persia > (as opposed to being mustered in Egypt which the text suggests he went to > first). I don't believe any of the Immortals were mentioned in Herodotus by > name. Doesn't this get kind of explained in Latro's vision at Thermopylae? I don't have time to search out the quote, but as I recall, we learn from this that Latro is captain of a group of Romans, which has been given a position of honor near the King, in the absence for whatever reason of the Immortals. They front the desperate charge by Leonidas' band; I think we can probably infer that Latro personally slays Leonidas. It's not a stretch to imagine Mardonius granting the Romans an Immortals-like position on the field at Plataea, given this. --