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Persia. Thousand and One Marvellous Instants

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Persepolis, Ruins

Darius "the Great". 515 BC

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After my accession to the throne,

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unmasking the impostor
who claimed to be the legitimate Achaemenid monarch, I dedicated myself to the organisation of my empire. I divided it into provinces, assigned a new monetary system and made Aramaic the official language. Through these changes, the empire was centralised and unified. I also devoted myself to new building projects in the empire,
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such as the city of Persepolis. Although its location was not exactly easy, being situated in a remote mountainous area, the city became the capital of the Persian empire, a capital that I believed could become impregnable, eternal and invincible... I ordered the construction of the Council Chamber, the main Imperial Treasury and the Apadana,

a great hypostyle room and the largest building on the Terrace of Persepolis. The Apadana was the main room of the kings, the place where I received tribute from all nations in the Achaemenid Empire and gave them gifts in return. The columns in this room reached a height of twenty metres and had complex capitals in the shape of lions or bulls.

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The entrance to the room was via two monumental staircases, one to the north and one to the east, decorated with reliefs, showing delegates from twenty-three nations subjected by the Persian Empire, paying tribute to me.
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Persepolis, Ruins

Darius "the Great". 515 BC

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