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Ahasuerus

or Ahashverosh

A title common to several Persian kings. The three mentioned in the Bible are supposed to be Cyaxares (Daniel xi, 1); Xerxes (Esther); and Cambyses (Ezra iv, 6).

An alabaster vase found at Halicarnassus gives four renderings of the name Xerxes, viz., Persian, Khshayarsha; and the Greek, Xerxes; the Sanskrit root Kshi means “to rule,” Kshathra (Zend Ksathra), a king.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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