Xerxes 1 - the king who took Jewish Esther as wife, Persepolis, Iran (2471048564).jpg

Xerxes 1 - the king who took Jewish Esther as wife, Persepolis, Iran (2471048564).jpg

The tomb of Xerxes I at Naqsh-e Rustam archeological site, Fars, Iran (by kamshots).

The tomb of Xerxes I at Naqsh-e Rustam archeological site, Fars, Iran (by kamshots).

Xerxes I of Persia(519–465 BC), was the 4th King of Kings of Persia. In 465 BC, Xerxes was murdered by Artabanus, the commander of the royal bodyguard and the most powerful official in the Persian court. Although Artabanus bore the same name as the famed uncle of Xerxes, a Hyrcanian, his rise to prominence was due to his popularity in religious quarters of the court and harem intrigues. He put his seven sons in key positions and had a plan to dethrone the Achamenids.

Xerxes I of Persia(519–465 BC), was the 4th King of Kings of Persia. In 465 BC, Xerxes was murdered by Artabanus, the commander of the royal bodyguard and the most powerful official in the Persian court. Although Artabanus bore the same name as the famed uncle of Xerxes, a Hyrcanian, his rise to prominence was due to his popularity in religious quarters of the court and harem intrigues. He put his seven sons in key positions and had a plan to dethrone the Achamenids.

Xerxes: "Surrender, lay down your weapons." Leonidas:" ...............Molon labe!!!!" "COME AND TAKE THEM!!!!!"

Xerxes: "Surrender, lay down your weapons." Leonidas:" ...............Molon labe!!!!" "COME AND TAKE THEM!!!!!"

Xerxes the Great (519 BC-465 BC), was the fourth king of the Achaemenid Empire.  He was the grandson of Cyrus and the son of Darius. He is best known for his massive invasion of Greece from across the Hellespont (480 bce), a campaign marked by the battles of Thermopylae, Salamis, and Plataea.

Xerxes the Great (519 BC-465 BC), was the fourth king of the Achaemenid Empire. He was the grandson of Cyrus and the son of Darius. He is best known for his massive invasion of Greece from across the Hellespont (480 bce), a campaign marked by the battles of Thermopylae, Salamis, and Plataea.

Relief of Xerxes at Doorway of his Palace, Persepolis, Iran - King Xerxes of Persia, whose queen was Vashti & later Esther.

Relief of Xerxes at Doorway of his Palace, Persepolis, Iran - King Xerxes of Persia, whose queen was Vashti & later Esther.

Darius then died whilst preparing to march on Egypt, and the throne of Persia passed to his son Xerxes I. Xerxes crushed the Egyptian revolt, and very quickly restarted the preparations for the invasion of Greece. The epic second Persian invasion of Greece finally began in 480 BC, and the Persians met with initial success at the battles of Thermopylae and Artemisium-Persepolis, Iran

Darius then died whilst preparing to march on Egypt, and the throne of Persia passed to his son Xerxes I. Xerxes crushed the Egyptian revolt, and very quickly restarted the preparations for the invasion of Greece. The epic second Persian invasion of Greece finally began in 480 BC, and the Persians met with initial success at the battles of Thermopylae and Artemisium-Persepolis, Iran

Xerxes I (ruled 486-465 BCE), also known as Xerxes the Great, was the king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. His official title was Shahanshah which, though usually translated as `emperor’, actually means `king of kings’. He is identified as the Ahasuerus of Persia in the biblical Book of Esther

Xerxes I (ruled 486-465 BCE), also known as Xerxes the Great, was the king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. His official title was Shahanshah which, though usually translated as `emperor’, actually means `king of kings’. He is identified as the Ahasuerus of Persia in the biblical Book of Esther

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