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.
D2Ha, gold tablet from Ecbatana
[Stereotypical inscription on a gold tablet, similar to A2Hc.]
A great god is Ahuramazda, who created this earth, who created that sky, who created humankind, who created happiness for humankind, who made Darius king, sole ruler of many people, sole sovereign of many people.
I am Darius, the great king, the king of kings, the king of all kinds of peoples, the king of this earth great and wide, the son of king Artaxerxes [I Makrocheir], Artaxerxes the son of king Xerxes, Xerxes the son of king Darius [I the Great], the Achaemenid.
King Darius says: Ahuramazda gave me these people. By the grace of Ahuramazda, I am king of this world. May Ahuramazda protect me, my house, and the kingdom he has given me!
- Pierre Lecoq, Les inscriptions de la Perse achéménide (1997 Paris)