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1 Curtius 5.6.9 gives the same figures. The total is expressed as weight of silver and value of gold, the latter being equated to silver according to a proportion which is not stated. The usual ratio of gold to silver in antiquity was 12 or 15 to 1. Strabo 188.8.131.521 reports that the treasure was ultimately assembled at Ecbatana.
2 By the term "natives" here Diodorus means the people of Persepolis and the vicinity. Alexander was more and more to employ other Persians in his service.
3 This description of Persepolis is not given elsewhere. It is to be compared with the remains of the city as excavated by the University of Chicago.
4 Ninety feet. The highest foundations of walls preserved at Persepolis are eighteen metres or about sixty feet. No stone walls remain in the city.
5 The purpose of these is unknown, but they suggest the flagstaffs which stood by the pylons of the Egyptian temples.
6 Fischer asked relevantly, "Distance from where?" This space of four hundred feet is rather less than the west-east width of the terrace from the appadana to the steep mountain side. This last is full of caves suitable for burials, many of them very old.
7 Or, literally, generals.
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