Cuneiform inscription, Persepolis, Iran

Cuneiform inscription, Persepolis, Iran

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Caption: Cuneiform inscription, Persepolis. Close-up of cuneiform script inscribed in a wall at Persepolis, Iran. The city of Persepolis was once the capital of the Achaemenid Persian Empire (the world's largest ancient empire), and dates from about 500 BC. It was founded by Darius the Great around 518 BC and destroyed by Alexander the Great. The ruins lie about 500 miles south of Tehran. Cuneiform script is one of the earliest known systems of writing.

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