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Persepolis: Southern Buildings


The South Buildings of Persepolis. Photo Marco Prins. Persepolis (Old Persian Pârsa, modern Takht-e Jamshid): Greek name of one of the capitals of the ancient Achaemenid empire, founded by the great king Darius (522-486 BCE). There were several satellite sites, like Naqš-i Rustam and Takht-e Rostam.
  
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Between 480 and 470, king Xerxes reorganized the southern part of the terrace of Persepolis. This had once 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. (The same applies for the villa of the Roman emperor Hadrian at Tivoli: the store rooms and slaves' appartments were at a lower level.)

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The South Buildings of Persepolis. Photo Marco Prins. The South Buildings of Persepolis. Photo Marco Prins.
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