In the last part of the nineteenth century the French carried on extensive excavations at Susa directed by Dieulafoy. This archaeological effort uncovered the great palace of King Xerxes (kjv Ahasuerus, 486-465 b.c.) in which Queen Esther lived.


See under Persia, M. Dieulafoy, L’acropole de Suse, 4 vols. (1890-1892); R. de Mecquenem, Archéologie susienne (1943); R. Ghirshman, Cinq campagnes de fouilles à Suse 1946-1951 (1952).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

su’-sa, soo’-sa (Additions to Esther 11:3).

See Shushan.