X for ………

Just as in scrabble, there are a few alphabets in the A to Z Challenge that come with little flags. You’re always apprehensive when you get the Q but actually Q can be your best friend and help you score tons of points if used wisely. Other alphabets such as Z and X though not so feared could trip you. So I cruised through my Qs, Us and Ws but I hadn’t planned for my X. So I thought I would do something different and just write a little about famous people from the ancient world whose names started with X.

X for Xerxes- I

Xerxes was a Persian ruler who reigned between 486 BCE and 465 BCE. He was known in history for his attempts to invade Greece. He had his engineers build him a bridge across the Hellespont to cross over into Greece but this was destroyed in a storm. He had all the engineers executed and had a second built bridge to do the crossing!

Xerxes- Image from his tomb 

Image Courtesy- By Flickr user dynamosquito [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

X for Xenophon

Xenophon was a writer from ancient Greece. He wrote about th elast stages of the Peloponnesain War.

Xenophon- Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

X for Xanthippus of Carthage

Xanthippus of Carthage (for there were many of his name) was a general who helped defeat the Romans in the first Punic War.

Can you think of others?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. neihtn2012 says:

    Almost to the end, Sukanya!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Hien! Yes, it’s done now!

  2. Nirmala says:

    Clever thinking!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      More like desperate thinking 🙂

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