Darius I Inscribed Stone Weight

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 10 April 2016

The cuneiform inscription on this polished diorite weight states "I [am] Darius, the great king, the son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenian". This is an abbreviated version of a standard inscription on a series of stone weights of Darius, which can be translated as " I [am Darius, the Great King, King of Kings, King of Countries, King in this earth, son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenian". From Al-Hilla, near Babylon, Mesopotamia, Iraq. Late 6th to early 5th centuries BCE. (The British Museum, London)



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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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