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Darius I

[duh-rahy-uh s] /dəˈraɪ əs/
noun
1.
(Darius Hystaspes"the Great") 558?–486? b.c, king of Persia 521–486.

Darius II

noun
1.
(Ochus) died 404 b.c, king of Persia 424–404 (son of Artaxerxes I).

Darius III

noun
1.
(Codomannus) died 330 b.c, king of Persia 336–330.
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  • The nuptials of Roxana, and the suppliant family of darius, are the best of them.

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  • darius, in his inscriptions on Mount Behistun, has left us the authentic though very compressed history of Cambyses.

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  • And their kings (Idanthyrsus and Taxakis) sent to darius a bird, a mouse, a frog, and five arrows.

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  • When we came to the stables, Preston sent a boy in search of "darius."

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  • The action of the guards who were stationed there was just what darius had predicted that it would be.

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British Dictionary definitions for darius

Darius I

/dəˈraɪəs/
noun
1.
known as Darius the Great, surname Hystaspis. ?550–486 bc, king of Persia (521–486), who extended the Persian empire and crushed the revolt of the Ionian city states (500). He led two expeditions against Greece but was defeated at Marathon (490)

Darius III

noun
1.
died 330 bc, last Achaemenid king of Persia (336–330), who was defeated by Alexander the Great
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Word Origin and History for darius

Darius

name of three Persian rulers, notably Darius the Great, Persian emperor 521-485 B.C.E., from Greek Darius, from Old Persian Darayavaus, probably literally "he who holds firm the good," from PIE root *dher- (2) "to hold firmly, support" (see firm (adj.)).

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