Persian king

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Possible Answers: SHAH, XERXES, CYRUS.

Last seen on: –The Times – Concise – Times Concise No 7838

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Random information on the term “XERXES”:

Xerxes I (/ˈzɜːrksiːz/; Old Persian: x-š-y-a-r-š-a ( Khashayarsha (help·info)) “ruling over heroes”, Greek Ξέρξης [ksérksɛːs]; 518–465 BC), called Xerxes the Great, was the fourth king of kings of the Achaemenid dynasty of Persia. Like his predecessor Darius I, he ruled the empire at its territorial apex. He ruled from 486 BC until his assassination in 465 BC at the hands of Artabanus, the commander of the royal bodyguard.

Xerxes I is most likely the Persian king identified as Ahasuerus in the biblical Book of Esther. He is also notable in Western history for his failed invasion of Greece in 480 BC. His forces temporarily overran mainland Greece north of the Isthmus of Corinth until the losses at Salamis and Plataea a year later reversed these gains and ended the second invasion decisively. Xerxes also crushed revolts in Egypt and Babylon immediately after succession.

Xerxes oversaw the completion of various construction projects at Susa and Persepolis.

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