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In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him:

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1:3 made a feast. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, the Persian emperor Xerxes—who did rule “from India even unto Ethiopia” (Esther 1:1)—held a great feast and conference with all his military leaders during the third year of his reign. This event was held to prepare for his projected naval invasion of Greece. His fleet, however, suffered a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C.

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