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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DPi


DPi. Natioanl Archaeological Museum, Tehran (Iran). Photo Marco Prins.
DPi
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 a doorknob made of lapis lazuli, and was found in the Palace of Darius in Persepolis., and is now in the National Archaeological Museum of Tehran.

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mayuxa \ k‚sakaina \ D‚rayavauš \ xšhy‚ \ vithiy‚ \ karta

"Door-knob of precious stone, made in the palace of king Darius"

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