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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DSj


  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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DSj, inscription on a column base from Susa

Inscription in Old Persian, Babylonian, and Elamite on the base of a column.

  1. adam \ Dârayavauš XŠ \ vazraka XŠ XŠyânâm \ XŠ ahyâyâ BUyâ \ Vištâspahyâ \
  2. puça \ Haxâmanišiya \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš XŠ \ visam \ tya \ adam \ akunava
  3. m \ aniyathâ \ naiy \ akunavam \ yathâ \ AM m \ kâma \ âha \ avathâ \ akunava
  4. m \ mâm \ AM \ dauštâ \ âha \ tya \ akunavam \ avamaiy \ visam \ ucâram \ âha \ thâ
  5. tiy \ Dârayavauš XŠ \ vašnâ AMhâ \ hya \ ima \ hadiš \ vainâtiy \ tya \ manâ \ ka
  6. rtam \ visahyâ \ frašam \ thadayâtaiy \ mâm \ AM L pâtuv \ utamaiy \ DHum
I am Darius the great king, king of kings, king of all nations, king of this earth, the son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenid.

King Darius says: All that I did, I did not do otherwise than was the desire of Ahuramazda. Thus I did. Ahuramazda was a friend to me. Everything I did, was successful for me.

King Darius says: By the favor of Ahuramazda, may this palace seem excellent to everyone who sees it. May Ahuramazda protect me and my country.

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