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(Bible) Old Testament a king of ancient Persia and husband of Esther, generally identified with Xerxes
A•has•u•e•rus (əˌhæz yuˈɪər əs, əˌhæs-)
a king of ancient Persia, usu. identified as Xerxes I: husband of Esther.
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59) Magnin explains Quinet's Ahasverus
not as an outcast, but as representative of "humanity itself, as the incarnate symbol of modern life, the personification of the human species since the dawn of the Christian era.
This author asserted that the bishop of a town called Schleswig had encountered a Jew named Ahas-verus in Hamburg in the 1540s; Ahasverus
told the bishop that he had been wandering aimlessly for well over a thousand years.
The poems Christ proclaims the atonement, the salvific aspects of his death on the cross, to be a hoax; in a grim parody of the resurrection, Rilke's Christ equates himself with Ahasverus
, the Wandering Jew.