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Xerxes I

[zurk-seez] /ˌzɜrk siz/
noun
1.
519?–465 b.c, king of Persia 486?–465 (son of Darius I).
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Xerxes I

/ˈzɜːksiːz/
noun
1.
?519–465 bc, king of Persia (485–465), who led a vast army against Greece. His forces were victorious at Thermopylae but his fleet was defeated at Salamis (480) and his army at Plataea (479)
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Word Origin and History for xerxes

Xerxes

king of Persia who reigned 486-465 B.C.E., Greek Xerxes, from Old Persian Xšayaršan, literally "male (i.e. 'hero') among kings," from Xšaya- "to rule over" (cf. shah) + aršan "male, man, hero." The Hebrew rendition was Ahashwerosh, Ahashresh.

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