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  1. an ancient capital of Persia: its imposing ruins are in S Iran, about 30 miles (48 km) NE of Shiraz.
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Related formsPer·se·pol·i·tan [pur-suh-pol-i-tn] /ˌpɜr səˈpɒl ɪ tn/, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of persepolis

  • Some of them bear a close resemblance to the bases of the columns at Persepolis.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • They did not come there directly from Persepolis or Susa, but from Mesopotamia.

  • The jackals prowl, the serpents hiss In what was once Persepolis.

  • Dog, personified in sculpture at Persepolis and Clonmacnoise, 359.

  • According to Arrian, it was the castle of Persepolis which Alexander burned.

British Dictionary definitions for persepolis


  1. the capital of ancient Persia in the Persian Empire and under the Seleucids: founded by Darius; sacked by Alexander the Great in 330 bc
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Word Origin and History for persepolis


ancient capital of Persia, founded 6c. B.C.E. by Darius the Great; from Greek, literally "city of the Persians," from Perses "Persians" (see Persian) + -polis "city" (see polis). The modern Iranian name for the place is Takht-e-jamshid, literally "throne of Jamshid," a legendary king whose name was substituted when Darius was forgotten.

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