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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DPh

  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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DPh
DPh (Photo Chicago Oriental Institute; ©!!!)

DPh, four tablets from Persepolis

The following text, identical to DH, was found on two golden and two silver tablets, which were discovered in a box in the northeastern corner of the Apadana.

The four copies of DPh and their box.
The four copies of DPh and
their box  (Photo Chicago
Oriental Institute; ©!!!)
  1. Dârayavauši \ XŠ \ vazraka \ XŠ XŠyanâm \ XŠ
  2. \ dahyûvnâm \ Vištâspahyâ \ puça
  3. \ Haxâmanišiya \ thâtiy \ Dârayavau
  4. š \ XŠ \ ima \ xšaçam \ tya \ adam \ dâray
  5. âmiy \ hacâ \ Sakaibiš \ tyaiy \ para
  6. \ Sugdam \ amata \ yâtâ \ â \ Kûšâ \
  7. hacâ \ Hidauv \ amata \ yâtâ \ â \ Spa
  8. rdâ \ tyamaiy \ Auramazdâ \ frâbara
  9. \ hya \ mathišta \ bagânâm \ mâm \ Au
  10. ramazdâ \ 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 Kush, 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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