Persepolis: Workers at the Persepolis
Walking in Persepolis (The ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire) – Part 3
About 85 years ago, a excavation was carried out on a corner of Persepolis, they’ve found about 40,000 clay tablets. You know the reason yourself why these clay tablets are now kept in USA, but it’s interesting to note that before the advent of these tablets, many have said that the Persepolis was made by forcing people to work like the Pyramids of Egypt, and like using of slaves in the Roman Empire; but these tablets proves that they’ve paid to all the workers who worked in palaces of Persepolis, including construction workers, carpenters, and architects and engineers, and each of these tablets is a document for the salary of one or several workers. They also paid a lot of respect to the workers. It was determined that women and men were equal, women could work full-time/part-time, women had the right to inherit, mothers benefited from maternity and children had social protection benefits. All social security, which, in the words of Mrs. Prof. Heidemarie Koch, is not even done completely today in a country like Germany, is miraculous for 500 years BC (2600 years ago). In Persian origin, the respect was always the beginning of everything, and that’s why the Persepolis and the other achievements of the Persian kings and their civilization are still immortal.
Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher and traveler, who traveled to Persia during construction of Persepolis (600 BC), described it in his book as a huge building and said that hundreds are completing it, and when this building is completed, it will be the largest building in the world.
Photo taken at: Persepolis