After that, the king gave a banquet for all the people in the capital city of Susa, rich and poor alike. It lasted a whole week and was held in the gardens of the royal palace.
The courtyard there was decorated with blue and white cotton curtains, tied by cords of fine purple linen to silver rings on marble columns. Couches made of gold and silver had been placed in the courtyard, which was paved with white marble, red feldspar, shining mother-of-pearl, and blue turquoise.
Drinks were served in gold cups, no two of them alike, and the king was generous with the royal wine.
There were no limits on the drinks; the king had given orders to the palace servants that everyone could have as much as they wanted.