An Amulet with the Name of Darius

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.

An Amulet with the Name of Darius

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In the Louvre Museum in Paris, one can see the lovely amulet to the left, which contains the name of the Achaemenid king Darius the Great in a cartouche. It is not an ordinary amulet but the counterpoise to a menat, which is a ritual necklace associated with the goddess Hathor. It was often worn by women.

The perfect god, lord of the two lands, king of Upper and Lower Egypt, Darius; life forever.

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