It was most remarkable that the impious act of Xerxes, king of the Persians, against the acropolis at Athens should have been repaid in kind after many years by one woman, a citizen of the land which had suffered it, and in sport.” A freelance writer and former part-time Professor of Philosophy at Marist College, New York, Joshua J.
Mark has lived in Greece and Germany and traveled through Egypt.
She was the first, after the king, to hurl her blazing torch into the palace.
As the others all did the same, immediately the entire palace area was consumed, so great was the conflagration.
The first wall was over seven feet tall, the second, fourteen feet, and the third wall, surrounding all four sides, was thirty feet high.
Darius made Parsa the new capital of the Persian Empire, instead of Pasargadae, the old capital and burial place of King Cyrus the Great.
Because of its remote location in the mountains, however, travel to Parsa was almost impossible during the rainy season of the Persian winter when paths turned to mud and so the city was used mainly in the spring and summer warmer seasons.
Here the nations which were subject to the Empire gave their tribute to the king.
There were two doors, one to the south which opened to the Apadana yard and the other opening onto a winding road to the east.
The top of the stairways led to a small yard in the north-eastern side of the terrace, opposite the Gate of all Nations.