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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DSa


  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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DSa, inscription on a tile from Susa

Inscription on fragments of two tiles.

  1. adam \ Dârayavauš \ XŠ \ vazraka \ XŠ XŠyân
  2. âm \ XŠ DHnâm \ Vištâspahyâ \ puça \ Ha
  3. xâmanišaya \ thatiy \ Dârayavauš \ XŠ
  4. \ vašna \ AMha \ adam \ ava \ akunavam \ tya \
  5. akunavam \ visahyâ \ frašam \ thadayâtaiy
I am Darius, the great king, king of kings, king of all nations, the son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenid.

King Darius says: by the grace of Ahuramazda have I made this. May it seem excellent to everyone!

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