Persepolis was the capital of the Persian kingdom. Alexander described it to the Macedonians as the most hateful of the cities of Asia and gave it over to his soldiers to plunder, all but the palaces. It was the richest city under the sun, and the private houses had been furnished with every sort of wealth over the years. The Macedonians raced into it slaughtering all the men whom they met and plundering the residences; many of the houses belonged to the common people and were abundantly supplied with furniture and apparel of every kind.Here much silver and gold was carried off and richly decorated clothes with sea purple and gold embroidery became prizes for the victors. The enormous palaces, famed throughout the whole civilized world, fell victim to insult and utter destruction.