Persepolis, Iran

Persepolis, Iran

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Credit: BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Persepolis. Bas-relief from Persepolis, Iran, showing a lion attacking a bull. This is a symbolic depiction representing the coming of spring as Leo (the lion) appears in the sky and Taurus (the bull) sets. The city of Persepolis was once the capital of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, and dates from about 500 BC. It was founded by Darius the Great around 518 BC and destroyed by Alexander the Great. The ruins lie about 500 miles south of Tehran.

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