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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DH


  In ca.521, the Persian king Darius I the Great ordered that a new alphabet, the Aryan script, was to be developed. This was used for a small corpus of inscriptions, known as the Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions. An overview of all inscriptions can be found here.
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DH, tablet from Hamadan

Text, found on a tablet of gold and a tablet of silver. The text is identical to DPh.
  1. Dârayavauš \ XŠ \ vazraka \ XŠ \ XŠyanâm \ XŠ \ dahy
  2. ûvnâm \ Vištâspahyâ \ puça \ Haxâmanišiya \
  3. thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ XŠ \ ima \ xšaçam \ tya \ ada
  4. m \ dârayâmiy \ hacâ \ Sakaibiš \ tyaiy \ pa
  5. ra \ Sugdam \ amata \ yâtâ \ â \ Kušâ \ hacâ \ Hida
  6. uv \ amata \ yâtâ \ â \ Spardâ \ tyamaiy \ Aurama
  7. zdâ \ frâbara \ hya \ mathišta \ bagânâm \ m
  8. âm \ Auramazdâ \ pâtuv \ utâmaiy \ vitham
Darius the great king, king of kings, king of countries, son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenid.

King Darius says: This is the kingdom which I hold, from the Sacae who are beyond Sogdia to Nubia, and from Sind to Lydia - [this is] what Ahuramazda, the greatest of gods, bestowed upon me. May Ahuramazda protect me and my royal house!

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