When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days,1 in the enclosed garden2 of the king's palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest, who were in the citadel of Susa.
The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches3 of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones.
Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king's liberality.48
By the king's command each guest was allowed to drink in his own way, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.