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Inscriptions in Old Persian Cuneiform of the Achaemenian Emperors

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2017
Page #: xvi + 196
Size: 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-1-56859-346-3
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Among the .proud remains and wonderful memorials of the ancient land of Iran/Persia are the palaces which the Achaemenian Kings built at Pasargadae and Persepolis of massive polished stones in an incomparable manner. Each one of these splendid buildings, the ruins of which excite in the beholder a sense of astonishment, contains inscriptions describing the deeds and dispositions of famous kings.
In view of the fact that these inscriptions are situated in the historic province of Fars, which is the cradle of the Iranian civilization, accordingly for a number of years the writer has been engaged in teaching Old Persian in the Faculty of Letters of the Shiraz University, and several hundreds of students have been able to acquaint themselves to some extent with the language of their ancestors, and to read and study the inscriptions engraved in cuneiform characters at Pasargadae, Naqsh-i-Rustam, Persepolis, Susa and other famous historical sites.

This book, containing the cuneiform text of the extant inscriptions in Old Persian, was first published in English and French by the Central Council of the celebration of the 25th Century of the Foundation of the Iranian/Persian Empire, that students and others, when visiting these noble monuments, may be able to study and scrutinize the decrees and records of the Achaemenian Kings in the original Persian cuneiform, which was the first script of the Persians.

It is hoped that readers by studying this book, realize more than ever how great and imposing was ancient Iran/Persia, and how magnificent was her civilization and culture.

Ralph Norman Sharp

Introduction

Preface

1. Old Persian Cuneiform.

2. Nouns.

3. Adjectives.

4. Adverbs

5. Numbers.

6. Pronouns.

7. Prepositions.

8. Verbs.

9. The Gold Tablet of Ariaramnes.

10. The Gold Tablet of Arsames.

11. The Inscriptions of Cyrus at Pasargadae.

12. The Cylinder Seal of Darius the Great.

13. The Inscription of Darius the Great at Behistan.

14. The Inscriptions of Darius the Great at Persepolis.

15. The Inscriptions of Darius the Great at Naqsh-i-Rustam.

16. The Inscriptions of Darius the Great at Susa.

17. The Inscription of Darius the Great in Egypt.

18. The Inscription of Darius the Great on Mount Alvand.

19. The Inscriptions of Xerxes at Persepolis.

20. The Stone Tablet of Xerxes found at Persepolis.

21. The Inscriptions of Xerxes at Susa.

22. The Inscription of Xerxes on Mount Alvand.

23. The Inscription of Xerxes at Van in Turkey.

24. The Inscription of Artaxerxes I at Persepolis.

25. The Inscriptions of Darius II at Susa.

26. The Inscription of Artaxerxes II at Susa.

27. The Gold Tablet of Artaxerxes II.

28. The Inscription of Artaxerxes II at Hamadan.

29. The National Figures supporting the throne on the facade of the royal tombs.

30 The Inscription of Artaxerxes III at Persepolis.

31. List of Old Persian words.

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