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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DSp


  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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DSp, marble slab from Susa

A brief and incomplete inscription in Old Persian on a marble slab.

  1. Auramazdâ \ vazraka \ hya \ mathišta \ bagânâm \ hauv \ Dâ
  2. rayavaum \ XŠyam \ adâ \ haušaiy \ xšaçam \ frâbara \ tya \ nai
  3. bam \ tya \ uratharam \ uvaspam \ umartiyam\ [broken off]
A great god is Ahuramazda, the greatest of all gods, who made Darius king, gave him the kingdom, good, full of good charioteers, of good horses, of good men ...
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