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Top 10 Xerxes I Quotations

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Xerxes I (c. 519–465 BC), also known as Xerxes the Great, was the fourth King of Kings of the Achaemenid Empire, ruling from 486 to 465 BC. He was the son of Darius I and Atossa, a daughter of Cyrus the Great, making him a direct descendant of the first Achaemenid Emperor. Xerxes is perhaps best remembered for his massive invasion of Greece in 480 BC, which included the famous Battle of Thermopylae and the naval Battle of Salamis. His empire stretched from present-day northeastern Greece and parts of the Balkans (Macedonia, Thrace, Bulgaria, Romania) in the west to the Indus Valley in the east.

"Since I am a king, I seem to think it is just that there are few men who can equal me in merit." Xerxes I

"I punish both great and small; those however who, I believe, have committed no wrong, whether they be of noble or humble birth, I maintain in their former rank, or even advance them." Xerxes I

"There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the establishment and nothing more difficult than to do it." Xerxes I

"Whosoever shall behold them will perceive that they have lost a king who was an ornament to his house." Xerxes I

"There is a place and a bay, two days' journey from Pireus, from which it appears to me most convenient to throw a bridge across for my army to pass." Xerxes I

"The sun will not be able to pass through, so dense will be the darts and arrows flying." Xerxes I

"The misfortunes of the future you have related, but the advantage to be derived from the conquest of Europe you have not mentioned at all." Xerxes I

"It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day's journey." Xerxes I

"You have brought one man against us, who says he is a king." Xerxes I

"And Xerxes himself is said to have sprung from his car, and to have fled away on foot to his palace in alarm." Xerxes I

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