- an ancient capital of Persia: its imposing ruins are in S Iran, about 30 miles (48 km) NE of Shiraz.
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Historical Examples of persepolis
Some of them bear a close resemblance to the bases of the columns at Persepolis.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
They did not come there directly from Persepolis or Susa, but from Mesopotamia.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
The jackals prowl, the serpents hiss In what was once Persepolis.The Book of Humorous Verse
Dog, personified in sculpture at Persepolis and Clonmacnoise, 359.The Round Towers of Ireland
According to Arrian, it was the castle of Persepolis which Alexander burned.Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. II of II)
- the capital of ancient Persia in the Persian Empire and under the Seleucids: founded by Darius; sacked by Alexander the Great in 330 bc
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.