Akkadian Alphabet3

The panel depicts king darius with his two bodyguards

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Unformatted text preview: tres high. The panel depicts king Darius, with his two bodyguards. In front of the emperor are ten vanquished chiefs, their necks tied. One of them is lying under Darius' feet. Below is the famed inscription The Multi-lingual Inscription The message is told in three languages: in Old Persian, in in Akkadian, the language spoken in Babylonia and in Elamite, the administrative language of the Persian Empire, all in the cuneiform script. The total text is more than a thousand lines long. It is the Old Persian that gave the clue for the decipherment. Decipherment Rawlinson Henry Henry Rawlinson joined the East India company when he was 17 and learnt many Indian languages and Persian. Later he was posted in Persia. In 1835 he noticed inscriptions on a cliff of hill of Behistun that was difficult even to reach. Decipherment Rawlinson With With his knowledge of Persian, he figured out the names of Darius and Xerxes. He noticed two other unknown languages on the rock face: Elamite and Akkadian. His painstaking work of two decades resulted in their decipherm...
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2013 for the course ANTH 340 taught by Professor Philipcarlsalzman during the Spring '12 term at McGill.

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