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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DSk


  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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DSk, inscription on a brick from Susa

Old Persian inscription on a baked clay brick.

  1. adam \ Dârayavauš \ XŠ \ vazraka \ XŠ \ XŠy
  2. ânâm \ XŠ \ DHnâm \ Vištâspahyâ \
  3. puça \ Haxâmanišiya \ thâtiy \ Dâ
  4. rayavauš \ XŠ \ manâ \ AM \ AMha \ adam \ Amm \
  5. ayadaiy \ AMmaiy \ upastâm \ baratuv
I am Darius the great king, king of kings, king of countries, king of this earth, the son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenid.

King Darius says: Ahuramazda is mine and I am Ahuramazda's. I worshipped Ahuramazda. May Ahuramazda help me!

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