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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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  • I have sought thy daughter in marriage for xerxes, prince of the empire.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • In 1921 it is no more under control than it was in the days of Charlemagne or Attila or xerxes.

  • For on what principle of justice did xerxes invade Hellas, or his father the Scythians?

    Gorgias Plato
  • These were sons of the sister of Dariaeus (the daughter of xerxes, the father of Darius).

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • W is for Walter, flying a kite; X is for xerxes, a boy of great might.

  • For what nation did xerxes not lead out of Asia against Hellas?

  • For this reason xerxes did not send men to make this demand.

  • And when he returned he reported to xerxes all that which he had seen.

  • So far of that which happened about the passion of xerxes and the death of Masistes.

British Dictionary definitions for xerxes

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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