Headless Statue of Darius the Great

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Carole Raddato
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published on 05 May 2019
Headless Statue of Darius the Great

Headless, 2.5-meter tall granite statue of Darius I originally made to be set up in Egypt and found in 1972 in Susa on the west side of the Gate of Darius. Darius the Great is dressed in the Persian robe but in an Egyptian posture. The statue has inscriptions in the three cuneiform languages of the empire (Old Persian, Elamite and Akkadian) and in hieroglyphics. One of the inscriptions on the dress says “Here is the stone statue which Darius ordered to be made in Egypt so that he who sees it in the future will know that the Persian holds Egypt”. Ca. 522-486 BCE. National Museum of Iran, Tehran.


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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2019, May 05). Headless Statue of Darius the Great. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/10554/

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Raddato, Carole. "Headless Statue of Darius the Great." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 05, 2019. https://www.ancient.eu/image/10554/.

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Raddato, Carole. "Headless Statue of Darius the Great." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 05 May 2019. Web. 27 Jun 2019.

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