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.
DPh, four tablets from Persepolis
[The following text, identical to DH, was found on two golden and two silver tablets, which were discovered in a box in the northeastern corner of the Apadana.]
- Dârayavauši \ XŠ \ vazraka \ XŠ XŠyanâm \ XŠ
- \ dahyûvnâm \ Vištâspahyâ \ puça
- \ Haxâmanišiya \ thâtiy \ Dârayavau
- š \ XŠ \ ima \ xšaçam \ tya \ adam \ dâray
- âmiy \ hacâ \ Sakaibiš \ tyaiy \ para
- \ Sugdam \ amata \ yâtâ \ â \ Kûšâ \
- hacâ \ Hidauv \ amata \ yâtâ \ â \ Spa
- rdâ \ tyamaiy \ Auramazdâ \ frâbara
- \ hya \ mathišta \ bagânâm \ mâm \ Au
- ramazdâ \ pâtuv \ utâmaiy \ vitham
Darius the great king, king of kings, king of countries, son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenid.
King Darius says: This is the kingdom which I hold, from the Sacae who are beyond Sogdia to Kush, and from Sind to Lydia - [this is] what Ahuramazda, the greatest of gods, bestowed upon me. May Ahuramazda protect me and my royal house!
- Pierre Lecoq, Les inscriptions de la Perse achéménide (1997 Paris)