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FOUNDATION SLAB OF XERXES

Iran: Persepolis, Garrison quarters
Achaemenid Period
Reign of Xerxes, ca. 485-465 B.C.
Gray limestone, inscribed
51.3 cm H, 53.7 cm W
Excavated by the Oriental Institute, 1935
OIM A24120

This stone tablet inscribed with Babylonian cuneiform characters lists the nations under Persian rule shortly after the uprisings that occurred when Xerxes came to the throne. Although the tablet was intended as a foundation deposit to be placed beneath a corner of one of Xerxes' buildings, it apparently was never used. It was found, along with other tablets bearing the same text in Old Persian and Elamite, employed as the facing of a mud brick bench in the garrison quarters at Persepolis.


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