Nehemiah the Cupbearer

Here he is behind the king similar to cupbearers before him in from Darius to Artaxerxes I.

A video shows where Esther’s palace was, reconstructed by Architects working with Archaeologists.

Also where Nehemia and Mordechai worked in the Treasury Archives.



Mordechai’s name appeared in texts before 457 BCE but that is the last entry of that name. No evidence can be found after this date in the Persepolis Treasury Texts. The cupbearer was the second or third most important figure for the King besides his own son, like scenes here where Xerxes stands behind (actually next to) his father Darius. Artaxerxes removed the images of Darius and Xerxes and left a blank space where the throne is supposed to be. Maybe not everywhere but J. Becker below indicated that and one can see one such example below of Artaxerxes I’s style under the winged god where one would expect a throne scene. Nehemiah said to Artaxerxes I that he is going and then Artaxerxes I asked him how long he will go and when he will come back. The were like trusted close ministers in the court of the King to advise him and take care of his personal immediate needs. Thus, the cupbearer.

Look on the walls and see that the cupbearer was depicted many times and many different walls in the Hall of Hundred Columns. The photos below shows the cupbearer behind the king in Throne Room art. The kings are either Darius, Xerxes (Esther) or Artaxerxes I (Ezra) and (Nehemiah which is here depicted as cupbearer).



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설명: 19th century reconstruction of the Apādana, Persepolis (Fars, Iran) by Charles Chipiez

Jeffrey A. Becker

4 years ago

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When Artaxerxes I became king following Xerxes' death in 466 BCE, he reconfigured these reliefs. The relief scenes of Xerxes and Darius were relocated. He replaced this scene with the grouping of Persian and Median guards facing each other, with a blank square in between the groups. The same scene appears on the Tripylon, another building at Persepolis completed by Artaxerxes I.

In the photo above "East stairway, Apādana, Persepolis (Fars, Iran), c. 520-465 B.C.E." there are what looks like guards on the right side holding shields spears and - they face toward the left. On the left side, just right of the lion-biting bull frieze are more soldiers holding spears facing thr right. Over both groups -center- is the winged sun (Ahura-Mazda?) the God. What my question is does anyone know or theorize what would have been in the center blank panel these two groups face? A God? The King? Anyone know why the panel is blank?


설명: East stairway, Apādana, Persepolis (Fars. Iran), c. 520-465 B.C.E.

Artaxerxes I left it blank

East stairway, Apādana, Persepolis (Fars, Iran), c. 520-465 B.C.E.

설명: Persepolis, Tripylon, eastern gate (1)


설명: Persepolis, Tripylon, staircase