Farrokh Saidi, The Two Versions of the Achaemenid Throne

The platform-throne at Persepolis as seen on the inside panel of the eastern doorway of the Council Hall.
The platform-throne at Persepolis as seen on the inside panel of the eastern doorway of the Council Hall.



As evidenced by reliefs at Persepolis and Naghshe Rostam, Achaemenid kings availed themselves of two versions of a standard throne. A stationary throne was used exclusively for audience purposes; the same throne-chair placed upon a large platform and carried around by twenty-eight throne-bearers as a moveable throne projected Achaemenid monarchial supremacy. The exact location(s) of the stationary throne at the Apadana can be inferred from architectural as well as artistic elements seen at the Apadana. While the functional aspects of the moveable throne are convincingly portrayed in the reliefs, the actual path it took among the palaces must remain a matter of speculation.