Persepolis, Southern Storerooms

Persepolis (Old Persian Pârsa, modern Takht-e Jamshid): Greek name of one of the capitals of the ancient Achaemenid Empire, founded by king Darius the Great (r.522-486 BCE). There were several satellite sites, Naqš-e Rustam and Takht-e Rustam.

Southern Store Rooms

Between 480 and 470, king Xerxes reorganized the southern part of the terrace of Persepolis. Until then, this had been the main entrance to the complex, but for reasons no longer understood, Xerxes changed the design. A great number of store rooms was added, out of sight from the palaces. This was, of course, quite common. There is an interesting parallel to the villa of the Roman emperor Hadrian at Tivoli: the store rooms and slaves' appartments were at a lower level.