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An ancient city of Persia northeast of modern Shiraz in southwest Iran. It was the ceremonial capital of Darius I and his successors. Its ruins include the palaces of Darius and Xerxes and a citadel that contained the treasury looted by Alexander the Great.


(Placename) the capital of ancient Persia in the Persian Empire and under the Seleucids: founded by Darius; sacked by Alexander the Great in 330 bc


(pərˈsɛp ə lɪs)

an ancient capital of Persia: its ruins are near Shiraz in SW Iran.
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Noun1.Persepolis - an ancient city that was the capital of the ancient Persian EmpirePersepolis - an ancient city that was the capital of the ancient Persian Empire; now in ruins
Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran, Persia - a theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
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Friezes from Tadmor and Persepolis - From Balbec, and the stilly, clear abyss
Voltaire, in speaking of Persepolis, says, "Je connois bien l'admiration qu'inspirent ces ruines - mais un palais erigé au pied d'une chaine des rochers sterils - peut il être un chef d'œvure des arts
So well-girded Polycaste, the youngest daughter of Nestor, Neleus' son, was joined in love with Telemachus through golden Aphrodite and bare Persepolis.
The spectator is apt to imagine that nature had formerly suffered some violent convulsion; and that these are the dismembered remains of the dreadful shock; the ruins, not of Persepolis or Palmyra, but of the world!
Returning to the game against Persepolis, Al Wasl actually aced the contest but didn't have the goals nor the result to show for it.
Dubai: Al Wasl coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena said injuries would force him to continue fielding youth in his side's must-win fourth Asian Champions League (ACL) group game at home to Iran's Persepolis from 7.
Persepolis had a private owner before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but the club was put under the control of the Physical Education Organization (now renamed the Sports and Youth Ministry) after the revolution.
Al Hilal have had 17 days to rest and prepare for this fixture, whereas Persepolis travelled to Esteghlal Khuzestan in the Persian Pro League just five days ago, which has to further boost the Saudis' chances of another win.
Iran's Persepolis team manager Mahmoud Khordbin confirmed that the club captain has passed away after a heart attack when he was asleep.
uk Tour firm Explore is also encouraging travellers to visit Iran to discover its Islamic architecture, the ruins of Persepolis and diverse scenery, including 18,400ft Mount Damavand, the highest peak in the Middle East.
The website does the job of making a good first impression, so the social media connections helps those potential clients stay in touch with Persepolis Rugs on many more fronts.
He remarks that these show very little in common with the administrative Elamite texts found at Persepolis, indicating not only continuity but change over the centuries.