Persepolis

[ per-sep-uh-lis ]
/ pərˈsɛp ə lɪs /
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noun

an ancient capital of Persia: its imposing ruins are in S Iran, about 30 miles (48 km) NE of Shiraz.

Related formsPer·se·pol·i·tan [pur-suh-pol-i-tn] /ˌpɜr səˈpɒl ɪ tn/, adjective, noun

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Persepolis

/ (pəˈsɛpəlɪs) /

noun

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

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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