From jacket flap:
Persepolis, or Parsa, built primarily by Darius I and his son, Xerxes I, at the height of the Persian Empire, stands as one of the marvels of the ancient world. Its architectural remains and bas-reliefs reflect the full splendor and majesty of the epoch.
The monumental structures of Parsa were erected between 520 and 450 BC, and burned to the ground in 330 BC, when Alexander the Great swept across Asia. Not until A.D. 1930 were excavations begun at the site. The halls and palaces, reliefs and inscriptions, provide the background to the history of the world’s first empire, which seems never to have been recorded by the Persians.
Persepolis is the first book about this ancient site for the general reader. It describes the remains of the buildings and treasured reliefs in picture and text, combining historical background with illuminating speculation.