persia

Catholic Encyclopedia: Persia

The fact that the multicultural character of the empire was reflected in its monumental architecture was a deliberate policy. Persepolis bears witness to the cosmopolitan attitude of its rulers and incorporated artistic components from the different cultures of the empire, specifically Media, Babylon, Egypt and Greece. The Fortification and Treasury Archives also proves that Persepolis was the administrative heart of the empire. When Alexander conquered the city, he burned down a great deal of the constructions, specially the buildings erected by Xerxes. This can be explained by the fact that Xerxes invaded the Attic Peninsula and burned down Acropolis. With...