home   :    index    :    ancient Persia    :    Achaemenid Royal inscriptions

Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DSt


  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.
Ancient-Warfare.com, the online home of Ancient Warfare magazine
 

DSt, inscription on a slab of marble from Susa

Very fragmentary inscription in Old Persian, written on both sides of a slab of marble.

  1. baga \ vasraka\ Auramazdâ \ hya \ imâ
  2. m \ bûmim \ adâ \ hya \ avam \ as
  3. mânam \ adâ \ hya \ martiyam \ a
  4. dâ \ hya \ šiyâtim \ adâ \ mart
  5. iyahyâ \ hya \ Dârayavaum \ xš
  6. âyathiyam \ akunauš \ thâti
  7. y \ Dârayavauš \ XŠ \ mâm \ Auramaz
  8. dâ \ pâtuv \ hadâ \ bagaibiš
  9. \ utamaiy \ vitham \ utâ \ thuv
  10. âm \ kâ \ XŠ \ hya \ aparam \ âhy
A great god is Ahuramazda, who created this earth, who created that sky, who created man, who created happiness for mankind, who made Darius king. 

King Darius says: May Ahuramazda and the gods protect me, my dynasty, and everyone who will be king hereafter!

 home   :    index    :    ancient Persia    :    Achaemenid Royal inscriptions