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An Achaemenid Royal Inscription from Hamadan


  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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Column base from Ecbatana. Photo Marco Prins.
The column base in the
Hamadan museum

A recently discovered inscription on a column base from Ecbatana

[Old Persian inscription on a column base made of black diorite, mentioning a terrace built by a king named Artaxerxes (probably Artaxerxes II Mnemon, 404-358). The column base was excacated in 2000.]

This terrace Artaxerxes raised upon stony columns...

May Ahuramazda and the other gods protect him...
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