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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DSl


  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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DSl, inscription on a brick from Susa

Old Persian inscription on a baked clay brick.

  1. thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ x
  2. šâyathiya \ vašnâ \ Aura
  3. mazdâha \ tya \ amaniyai
  4. y \ kunavânaiy \ avamai
  5. y \ visam \ ucâram \ âha \
King Darius says:
By the grace of Ahuramazda, what I have planned, I did, 
and all was successful for me. 
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