Inscription of Ardashir-e Babakan and Hormozd

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The inscription of Ardashir-e Babakan and Hormozd or Coronation of Ardashir-e Babakan is an ancient inscription from Sasanian Persia. The inscription shows Ardashir I's coronation ceremony in which he receives his kingship seal from Ahura Mazda (or Hormozd) and Ahura Mazda appoints him as the Shahanshah of Ērānshahr. This inscription seems to be the oldest inscription from the Sasanian period. There are 3 small inscriptions in Middle Persian (bottom), Parthian language (above) and Greek (middle). The Middle Persian text and the Parthian text contains 3 lines each one, and the Greek text contains 4 lines. Above the Ahura Mazda's figure, there's another three small inscriptions in the aforementioned languages with same content, which reads as "This is Ahura Mazda's (bagh) figure".[1]


  • Persian wikipedia
  1. ^ The history of pre-Islamic literature of Persia, Ahmad Tafazzoli and Zhale Amoozgar, p 84, Sokhan publications, Tehran, ISBN 964-5983-14-2
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