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Bēšāpur Šāpūr II Memorial Inscription (BŠm)

This memorial inscription from the late Sasanian period is placed in the victory relief of Šāpūr I against the Romans (Bēšapūr II). The inscription is between the horse of Šāpūr and the Roman figure. The only person who has deciphered the inscription is MacKenzie, although Henning had noticed the inscription. The name of the author is not clear, but based on the sigillographic evidence, MacKenzie reads the name as Māh-Ādur-Šīz.

Bibliography:

  • Henning, W.B. “Mitteliranisch,” Handbuch der Orientalistik, 1. Abt., IV. Bd. Iranistik, Leiden, 1968.
  • MacKenzie, D.N. “The Inscription,” Iranische Denkmaler, Lieferung 11 enthaltend Reihe II,
  • Iranische Felsreliefs G, The Sasanian Rock Reliefs at Bishapur: Part 3, Berlin, 1983.

 

Transliteration:

’nwšlwb’n

YHWWN’t

MRAHAn

nbyštwš

m’h’twr’ š…

 

Transcription:

anōšruwān

bawād

xwadāyān

nibišt-uš

Mah ādur š…

 

Translation:

May be immortal the lords (who is drawn here), Māh-Ādur-(šīz) (wrote it).

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