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.

Window corniche with inscription

The following text was written on the window corniches - as if the windows are speaking to the reader - in the Palace of Darius in Persepolis. It was written in three languages (Old Persian, Elamite, and Babylonian); the Persian text is below.


ardastâna \ athagaina \ Dârayavauš \ xšhyâ \ vithiyâ \ karta

A stone window frame from the house of king Darius