Xerxes I



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.


    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?



  • These were sons of the sister of Dariaeus (the daughter of Xerxes, the father of Darius).



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

British Dictionary definitions for xerxes

Xerxes I


?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


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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