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He proudly proclaimed his achievement; there is an excavated foundation inscription that reads, "And Ahuramazda was of such a mind, together with all the other gods, that this fortress (should) be built. And I built it secure and beautiful and adequate, just as I was intending to." But the security and splendor of Persepolis lasted only two centuries. 1620, when its site was first identified, Persepolis lay buried under its own ruins.Its majestic audience halls and residential palaces perished in flames when Alexander the Great conquered and looted Persepolis in 330 B. and, according to Plutarch, carried away its treasures on 20,000 mules and 5,000 camels. During the following centuries many people traveled to and described Persepolis and the ruins of its Achaemenid palaces.Many of their observations were later condensed and published by George N.An inscription carved on the southern face of the Terrace proves that Darius the Great was the founder of Persepolis. C., although the tremendous task was not completed until about 100 years later by Artaxerxes I.Before any of the buildings could be erected, considerable work had to be done.Thus, Herzfeld, in 1931 became the first field director of the Oriental Institute's Persepolis Expeditions. During the last years of excavating, the University Museum in Philadelphia and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston had joined the Oriental Institute in order to cope with the tremendous work at hand. The digging crew, recruited from villagers, fluctuated from 200 to 500 men.In 1931-34, assisted by his architect, Fritz Krefter, he uncovered on the Persepolis Terrace the beautiful Eastern Stairway of the Apadana and the small stairs of the Council Hall. Schmidt's expedition staff, though varying from year to year, consisted mainly of his assistant Donald E. Elaborating on this, Schmidt wrote that at the beginning of each season about 20 to 30 laborers arrived from Damghan, old-time workers, honest peasants and trusted hands, who were trained for the delicate job of excavating.That cost can be substantial, particularly if the purchase allows a member to retire before reaching normal retirement age.As a P&F member of PERS, you may elect to make additional contributions to purchase up to eight units of additional benefits at retirement.To purchase units complete the Police Officer and Firefighter Unit Purchase Election at Retirement.Thirteen of its seventy-two columns still stand on the enormous platform to which two monumental stairways, on the north and on the east, give access.They are adorned with rows of beautifully executed reliefs showing scenes from the New Year's festival and processions of representatives of twenty-three subject nations of the Achaemenid Empire, with court notables and Persians and Medes, followed by soldiers and guards, their horses, and royal chariots.In addition, the northern portico of the building is flanked by two colossal stone bulls.In the beginning of Xerxes' reign the Throne Hall was used mainly for receptions for representatives of all the subject nations of the empire.Darius lived long enough to see only a small part of his plans executed. In dealing with the Persepolis platform, we have to understand that the northern part of the Terrace, consisting mainly of the Audience Hall of the Apadana, the Throne Hall, and the Gate of Xerxes, represented the official section of the Persepolis complex, accessible to a restricted public.