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Xerxes I of Persia

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Xerxes I
Historical Figure
Nationality: Persian Empire
Religion: Zoroastrianism
Date of Birth: 519 BC
Date of Death: 465 BC
Cause of Death: Murder
Occupation: Soldier, Monarch of Persia
Parents: Darius I (father)
Spouse: Amestris
Children: Artaxerxes I
Turtledove Appearances:
"Counting Potsherds"
POD: 483 BCE;
Relevant POD: 480 BCE
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Xerxes I of Persia, also known as Xerxes the Great, (519–465 BC) was a Zoroastrian Persian Shahanshah (Emperor) of Achaemenid Empire. Xerxes is the Greek form of the Persian Khashayar; he is also known in popular culture by his Hebrew name Ahasuerus. Xerxes sought to bring the various Greek city-states to heel, launching an invasion in 480 BC. Despite initially gaining the upper-hand, Xerxes' forces were eventually driven back by the Greeks, and Xerxes returned to Persia. He was murdered in 465 BC by one of his own generals.

Xerxes I in "Counting Potsherds"Edit

Khsrish I, the "Conqueror", was the King of Kings of Persia who conquered the Yauna and razed Athens, creating the greatest empire that the world had ever seen.[1]


  1. See, e.g. Departures, pg. 6.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Darius I the Great
Great King (Shah) of Persia
485 BC – 465 BC
Succeeded by
Artaxerxes I
Pharaoh of Egypt
485 BC – 465 BC

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