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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DPc


DPc in the Palace of Darius. Photo Marco Prins. 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.

The following text was written on the window corniches in the Palace of Darius in Persepolis. It was written in three languages (Old Persian, Elamite, and Babylonian); the Persian text is below.

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ardastâna \ athagaina \ Dârayavauš \ xšhyâ \ vithiyâ \ karta

"A stone window frame from the house of king Darius"

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