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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sad stories of the death of kings


Or emperors, if you want to get technical about it.

Four of the Achaemenid emperors after Cyrus -- Darius, Xerxes, Artaxerxes and Darius II -- are buried not far from Persepolis in the cliffs at Naqsh-e Rostam. Or at least that is who traditionally is believed to be buried here; only the tomb of Darius (on the right in this picture) is actually inscribed with a name.

The tomb of Cyrus had a simple majesty; his successors obviously decided to turn the dial to 11. The teeny-tiny people in the bottom of the picture give you an idea of the awe-inspiring immensity of these tombs.

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