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Kathleen Killingsworth

Through a series of dramatic building projects, Darius I (r. 522-486 B.C.) firmly established the characteristics of Persian art and architecture under the Achaemenid dynasty. The most notable of his commissions was Persepolis. During following decades, Persepolis was enlarged with a series of buildings, constructed largely by his son, Xerxes (r. 486-465 B.C.), and grandson, Artaxerxes I (r. 465/4-425 B.C.). (Click the picture for the full description at Flickr, quote from the Miho Museum site)

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