The Real Faces Behind the Fiction is a brief introductory Encyclopedia of the series And God Requireth that which is Past - a historical saga about the Achaemenid Persian Empire. It tells how the images of the characters of the novel were created, which of them were real historical people and who are the products of the author's imagination. "And God Requireth That Which is Past" broaches many controversial historical events during the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Although closely based on primary Greco-Roman and Persian sources as well as the latest archeological research, the narrative is still written in an entertaining, almost sensual manner. The romantic relationship of the two main characters, Mzysia, the spirited daughter of the Svan chief, and Kshayarsha (Xerxes), the fierce ruler of the Empire, is used as the foremost fabula of the novel to bring up the other, perhaps more vital issues of any time, such as: undying love, true friendship, dizzying adventures, distant travels, palace intrigues, dirty politics, bloody wars, early religions, origins of different philosophical trends, sex, homosexuality, the position of women in ancient societies and many other deeply motivating and actual matters. The reader will become broadly acquainted with many vital issues of the time; the Ionian, Babylonian and Egyptian uprising, and the Greco-Persian warfare. Many shocking anecdotes which are acknowledged in ancient sources, (although their historical reliability is quite questionable), along with the entire pantheon of the ancient gods, the teachings of Greek and Chinese philosophical schools, and wisdom of Sanskrit and Zoroastrianism, are more than presented in this work. The events and characters in this book have been dug up from the ancient dust and brought back to life, so when you meet a slave or a rich merchant or a wet nurse of the princes, be assured that they were real people.