Greek: Σοῦσα —transliteration: Susa
also known as: Susa and Shush
Once a magnificent city, it was located in the uplands of Susiana, on the east of the Tigris River, about 150 miles to the north of the head of the Persian Gulf. The modern Iranian city of Shush is at the site of the ruins of ancient Susa.
I looked in the vision, and while I was looking I was in the citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I looked in the vision and I myself was beside the Ulai Canal. —Daniel 8:2 NASB
Most of the events recorded in the Book of Esther took place here.
Modern explorers and archaeologists have brought to light numerous relics, and the ground-plan of the splendid palace of Shushan, one of the residences of the great king, together with numerous examples of ancient art, which illustrate the statements of Scripture regarding it.
“consisted of several magnificent groups of columns, together with a frontage of 343 feet 9 inches [104.8 meters], and a depth of 244 feet [6.2 meters]. These groups were arranged into a central phalanx of thirty-six columns (six rows of six each), flanked on the west, north, and east by an equal number, disposed in double rows of six each, and distant from them 64 feet 2 inches [19.6 meters].”
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