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Xerxes succeeded his father, Darius the Great, as emperor of the Persian Empire. He tried to invade Greece but failed, just like his father had.

Encyclopedia Entry: Xerxes
Get the basic facts and figures here.

More about Xerxes
See how this great ruler rose to prominence and then fell to defeat.

Xerxes Invades Greece
Read an account of the famous invasion written by Herodotus the historian.

Two Inscriptions of Xerxes
Read the words of the great Xerxes himself, preserved in these inscriptions.

Maps of the Persian Empire
See the rise and fall of a great ancient empire.

Ancient Middle East
Learn more about the region as a whole.

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