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The Gate of All Nations at Persepolis. During the time of Xerxes I, the Persians adopted the Assyrian guardian figures who were responsible for keeping evil spirits at bay. These figures were used for guarding the gateways. Culture: Achaemenian, Time of Xerxes I. Date/Period: c. first half of 5th c BC. Place of Origin: Persepolis, Persia. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ . Location: 18.