Category Archives: Darius I (521-486 B.C.E)

How was the Code “Cracked?”

The discovery of meaning in Babylonian tablets was a process that continued over a 200-year period. The link was through Old Persian writings: for hundreds of years, visitors to Persepolis (near modern-day Shiraz in the Farsi Province of Iran) noticed … Continue reading

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Bisitun Inscriptions

photograph, public domain, from wikimedia commons This photograph shows an angle of the Bisitun Inscriptions as they were carved into the rockface of Mount Bisitun in the Kermanshah Province of Iran by order of Darius I (reigned 522-486 B.C.E.).

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Marriage of Tablut and her mother’s brother Ardia

Eighth year of reign of Darius I (1) Two minas of silver, with one eighth alloy per šeqel, nuhhutu, unmarked, due to Iddinā/Mušēzib/Bēl by Iddin-Bēl/Ardia/Balīhu and Tablut/Bēl-iddin/Maštuk, the mother of Iddin-Bēl. (5) Nanā-šiminni, her slave, is pledged for 1 mina … Continue reading

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Detailed list of items included in Sin-banâ’s dowry (marriage of Tablut’s brother to her stepdaughter)

Ninth year of reign of Darius (1) Nergal-ušallim/Nādin/Maštuk has consented to give (the following items) with his daughter Šin-banâ to Bēl-iksur/Bēl-iddin/Maštuk as dowry: a slave, two minas of silver, a golden jewel weighing 5 šeqels, a wooden bed and its … Continue reading

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