a king of ancient Persia, known to the Greeks as Xerxes: husband of the Biblical Esther.
Historical Examples

Ahasuerus knew him, and was gratefully disposed towards him.
Expositor’s Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Walter Adeney

Shahryar finds a model consort in Shahrazad, Ahasuerus in Esther.
The Life of Sir Richard Burton Thomas Wright

I was given leave, and disinfected, and purified as thoroughly as Esther when she was being made worthy of Ahasuerus.
Everyman’s Land C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

He was indebted to me no less than Ahasuerus was indebted to Mordecai.
History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V J. H. Merle d’Aubigné

For this blasphemy he was doomed to be taken at his word, and became a sort of Ahasuerus of the sea.
Seaward Richard Hovey

But of late her master—her ‘old Jew,’ her ‘Ahasuerus,’ cured it, or set it on the way to be cured. ‘
Four Years William Butler Yeats

It shows that he does not treat Ahasuerus as an enemy of his people.
Expositor’s Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Walter Adeney

Ahasuerus had just sanctioned a senseless, bloodthirsty decree.
Expositor’s Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Walter Adeney

Unreasonable, however, as the demand of Ahasuerus was, Vashti ought not to have been so peremptory.
Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I Francis Augustus Cox

The first point was gained in securing the favour of Ahasuerus.
Expositor’s Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Walter Adeney

(Old Testament) a king of ancient Persia and husband of Esther, generally identified with Xerxes

There are three kings designated by this name in Scripture. (1.) The father of Darius the Mede, mentioned in Dan. 9:1. This was probably the Cyaxares I. known by this name in profane history, the king of Media and the conqueror of Nineveh. (2.) The king mentioned in Ezra 4:6, probably the Cambyses of profane history, the son and successor of Cyrus (B.C. 529). (3.) The son of Darius Hystaspes, the king named in the Book of Esther. He ruled over the kingdoms of Persia, Media, and Babylonia, “from India to Ethiopia.” This was in all probability the Xerxes of profane history, who succeeded his father Darius (B.C. 485). In the LXX. version of the Book of Esther the name Artaxerxes occurs for Ahasuerus. He reigned for twenty-one years (B.C. 486-465). He invaded Greece with an army, it is said, of more than 2,000,000 soldiers, only 5,000 of whom returned with him. Leonidas, with his famous 300, arrested his progress at the Pass of Thermopylae, and then he was defeated disastrously by Themistocles at Salamis. It was after his return from this invasion that Esther was chosen as his queen.


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