Xerxes: : An Illustrated Biography (Paperback)
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Xerxes I of Persia meaning "ruling over heroes," also known as Xerxes the Great (519-465 BC), was the fourth of the king of the kings of the Achaemenid Empire. Xerxes I is most likely the Persian king identified as Ahasuerus in the biblical book of Esther.Darius died while in the process of preparing a second army to invade the Greek mainland, leaving to his son the task of punishing the Athenians, Naxians, and Eretrians for their interference in the Ionian Revolt, the burning of Sardis, and their victory over the Persians at Marathon. From 483 BC, Xerxes prepared his expedition: A channel was dug through the isthmus of the peninsula of Mount Athos, provisions were stored in the stations on the road through Thrace, and two pontoon bridges later known as Xerxes' Pontoon Bridges were built across the Hellespont. Soldiers of many nationalities served in the armies of Xerxes, including the Assyrians, Phoenicians, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Jews.This book includes the narration of the epic battle against 300 Spartans and also the burning of Athens to the ground.