Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: collection of Old Persian cuneiform texts from the sixth, fifth, and fourth centuries BCE, left by the Achaemenid kings on their official monuments.
A3Pa was added in the mid-fourth century to the newly-built western staircase of the Palace of Darius by Artaxerxes III Ochus. There's another copy on the Palace of Artaxerxes I, on the northern stairs.
- baga \ vazraka \ Auramazdâ \ hya \
- imâm \ bumâm \ adâ \ hya \ a
- vam \ asmânâm \ adâ \ hya \ marti
- yam \ adâ \ hya \ šâyatâm \ adâ \ marti
- ihyâ \ hya \ mâm \ Artaxšaçâ \ xšâya
- thiya \ akunauš \ aivam \ parûvnâm \
- xšâyathiyam \ aivam \ parûvnâm
- \ framatâram \ thâtiy \ Artaxsaçâ \
- xšâyathiya \ vasraka \ xšâyathiya
- \ xšâyathiyanâm \ xšâyathiya \
- DHyûnâm \ xšâyathiya \ ahyâyâ \ BUyâ \ ada
- m \ Artaxšaçâ \ xšâya
- thiya \ puça \ Artaxšaçâ \ Darayavau
- š \ xšâyathiya \ puça \ Dârayavauš \ A
- rtaxšaçâ \ xšâyathiya \ puça \ Artaxša
- çâ \ Xšayâršâ \ xšâyathiya \ puça \ X
- šayâršâ \ Dârayavauš \ xšâyath
- iya \ puça \ Dârayavauš \ Vištâspa
- hyâ \ nâma \ puça \ Vištâspahyâ \
- Aršâma \ nâma \ puça \ Haxâmaniši
- ya \ thâtiy \ Artaxšaçâ \ xšâyathi
- ya \ imam \ ustašanâm \ athaganâm \ mâ
- m \ upâ \ mâm \ kartâ \ thâtiy \ Arta
- xšaçâ \ xšâyathiya \ mâm \ Auramazdâ \
- utâ \ Mithra \ baga \ pâtuv \ utâ \ imâ
- m \ DHyaum \ utâ \ tya \ mâm \ kartâ \
A great god is Ahuramazda, who created this earth, who created yonder heaven, who created happiness for man, who made Artaxerxes king. One king for many, one leader of many.
The great king Artaxerxes, the king of kings, the king of countries, the king of this earth, says: I am the son of king Artaxerxes [II Mnemon]. Artaxerxes was the son of king Darius [II Nothus]. Darius was the son of king Artaxerxes [I]. Artaxerxes was the son king Xerxes. Xerxes was the son of king Darius [the Great]. Darius was the son of a man named Hystaspes. Hystaspes was a son of a man named Arsames, the Achaemenid.
King Artaxerxes says: This stone staircase was built by me in my reign.
King Artaxerxes says: May Ahuramazda and the god Mithra preserve me, my country, and what has been built by me.
- Pierre Lecoq, Les inscriptions de la Perse achéménide (1997 Paris)