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However, Alexander once again had the good fortune to find a Persian prisoner who  offered to show a path that would allow Alexander's forces to come out behind the  Persian wall. The difficult twelve-mile path took almost two days, but the ambush left the  surrounded Persians helpless. Despite his recent restraint, Alexander allowed the  plundering of the city, and even participated in the burning of the city palaces himself.  Though Alexander received condemnation for this indulgence, his behavior here did  have one ironic side effect. Persepolis, which was never rebuilt, became a ghost town,  and today it serves as a rich source for archaeologists and one of the few non-Greek  sources for Persian history. Between Babylon, Susa, and Persepolis, Alexander had  accumulated about 180,000 talents–estimated at approximately forty-four million pounds  sterling by the 1913 standard. In comparison, Athens, the wealthiest Greek city-state at 
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