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A wonderful image of snow which appears surrounding 'The Gate of All Nations' or 'Gate of Xerxes' which is located in Persepolis (تخت جمشید), Iran. As the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, several of the steles and reliefs depict the Persian royals and the warriors who fought for them....much different than their portrayal in the "300" movie and its sequel.

Persepolis in Greek means, "The city of the Persians" and in 1979, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared the ruins of Persepolis a World Heritage Site.

Photograph: Ali Zamani

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A fantastic illustration of the Achaemenid royal, Darius the Great (داریوش) hunting lions. Darius I reigned over the Persian Empire for 36 years when it was at its peak and was succeeded following his death by his son, Xerxes.

Artist: Angus McBride

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A fantastic image of one of Xerxes the Great's pontoon bridges over the Hellespont (Dardanelles) which enabled the Persian army to march from Abydos to Sestos. Measuring a distance which has been conservatively estimated at approximately 1,400 yards, while spanning over the Hellespont’s turbulent waters, these structures are considered one of ancient history’s greatest engineering achievements.

The illustration was drawn by the excellent English scholar and historian, Peter Connolly.

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A magnificent engraving of a winged human-faced lion guardian at Persepolis (تخت جمشيد), which was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire

I hope you visit the newest collection with respect to ancient Rome, which will include many of the surviving temples (one of which I posted earlier) and other amazing architecture attributed to the Romans. I hope you consider joining/following via the link below:

https://plus.google.com/collection/YjzrEE

Attribution: persepolis.nu

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A spectacular relief at Persepolis of Xerxes the Great (Xšayaṛšā) (Ξέρξης) who was the fourth ruler of the Achaemenids and was preceded by Cyrus the Great, Cambyses and his father, Darius.

Xerxes ascended to the throne as ruler of the Achaemenid Empire upon his father's death in October, 486 BCE. He was responsible for the completion of several of the projects that were uncompleted by his father and oversaw the building of the largest and most imposing structures at Persepolis.

This beautiful photograph is courtesy of Jose Kurian.

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A brilliant image of the ornate detail of the lamassus which is part of the towering entrance to Gate of all Nations in Persepolis (تخت جمشيد).

The monument is also called the 'Gate of Xerxes' as it was completed during the reign of Darius the Great's son, Xerxes.

I hope you visit the newest collection with respect to ancient Rome, which will include many of the surviving temples (one of which I posted earlier) and other amazing architecture attributed to the Romans. I hope you consider joining/following via the link below:

https://plus.google.com/collection/YjzrEE

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A much more realistic depiction of the Persian army during the days of the Achaemenid Empire.

Image: Zvezda

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One of the most impressive structures st Persepolis (تخت جمشید) is the Tachara, which is also known as the Palace of Darius the Great. The palace was completed by Darius' son, Xerxes after his father's death in 486 BCE. The construction was initiated under Darius' supervision, however, the great king did not live to see it finished.

This beautiful photograph which was taken on a moonlit night is courtesy of Helaine Chardon.

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A lovely photograph of one of the many sculptures located in Persepolis (تخت جمشید), Iran which was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire.

The image is of the head of a bull guarding the entrance to the Hundred-Column Hall.

Attribution: Arhilove/Arhitrctura

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A brilliant image of the ornate detail of the lamassus which is part of the towering entrance to Gate of all Nations in Persepolis (تخت جمشيد).

The monument is also called the 'Gate of Xerxes' as it was completed during the reign of Darius the Great's son, Xerxes.

The photo is courtesy of the Oriental Institute of Chicago

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