Saturday, October 21, 2023

XERXES - Pasargadae – The First Garden

Pasargadae – The First Garden

Pasargadae was central in early Persia. It was founded in a lush valley. A hub of travel activity. It was of sorts at a crossroads of both traders and Nomads who traversed the region continuously.

It grew quickly into a petite royal city. An expanse of gardens filled the fertile plains in a network of linear patterns that surrounded irrigation canals. Every manner of waterfowl was introduced to the canals. The gardens were designed by Cyrus himself. Tended to by the many hands of men and women alike who were eager to create the Persian Kingdom..

Here were the first palaces of Persia. Also petite in comparison to the future grand palaces of the empire. Stone and block with tower that provided a miles-long view in four directions. The Western perimeter was reserved for trade and markets. For it was from this direction the prevailing winds wafted the scents of blacksmith fires and of baking and roasting.

The eastern flank was reserved for homes and small barns. For much the same reasons. Animals in the city included oxen and horses. Donkeys. A goat or two in most homes. Hens grazed freely throughout the homes and gardens. The scents of these animals were carried out of the city on the prevailing winds.

The rooster became a revered symbol of Persia. Protected and preserved. A religious symbol of sorts. Other animals gained favor in Peria as well. Travelers from the far east introduced peahens and peacocks. The latter of which became a mainstay of all Persian Palaces from that point. A royal symbol of elegance and beauty. Cats roamed freely in and out of the city keeping the streets clean and rodent free. Dogs were reserved for the Palaces only. Guardians and protectors. Well fed and well loved.

Pasargadae was known by all outlying Kingdoms for its simple grandeur. Its welcoming peoples. Its comforting scents of gardens and of home and hearth. It is for this reason perhaps that Cyrus chose it for his final eternal home.