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|Xerxes once wept when he gazed over his huge army and considered that not one of them would be alive in a hundred years.
There is an opera by Handel called Xerxes or in Italian Serse, which starts with the famous aria Ombra mai fu in which Xerxes extols a tree in his garden for giving him shade. Then follows something no-one really needs to know about his brother Arsamenes, the beautiful Romilda, the beautiful Atalanta, the beautiful foreign princess Amastris, and... Look, it's a baroque opera, you just sit back and enjoy the singing.
There was a Xerxes II who reigned for 45 days in 423 BCE.