At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa,13
and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet2 for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present.
For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty.
When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days,3 in the enclosed garden4 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 couches5 of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones.