Ancient Persian tablets are digitized

Published on May 1st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

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Scientists at the University of Chicago have digitally recorded thousands of ancient Persian tablets that tell an unusually detailed story of the Persian Empire.

“They were written, sealed and filed in a short span of time, between 509 and 493 B.C., in the middle of the reign of the Achaemenid Persian king Darius I,” Stein said. “The oldest Greek tragedy of Aeschylus and the first Greek history of Herodotus tell us about the reign of Darius but they don’t tell us anything like this. The administration that these documents record touched every level of society, from lowly workers through bureaucrats and governors to the royal family itself,” he said.

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