You might recognize the name Xerxes from the Biblical story of Esther. Historians are not certain whether the story refers to Xerxes I or another, later king of the Persian empire.
Nevertheless Xerxes plays an important role in the history of the Middle East.
The name of Xerxes is associated in the minds of men with the idea of the highest attainable elevation of human magnificence and grandeur. This monarch was the sovereign of the ancient Persian empire when it was at the height of its prosperity and power.
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