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King Xerxes I
Persian monarch
(c. 519 - 465 BC)



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I am Xerxes, great king, king of kings, the king of all countries which speak all kinds of languages, the king of the entire big far-reaching earth.
-- King Xerxes I, as quoted on foundation tablet at Persopolis, the capital city of the Persian empire

I am moved to pity, when I think of the brevity of human life, seeing that of all this host of men not one will still be alive in a hundred years time.
-- On surveying the army, c. 480 BC


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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