Magic Lantern Slide: Darius' Inscription, Bisitun

This slide by Alfred Owen Rowden shows the Behistun Inscription in Bakhtaran, Iran. The inscription is written in three languages; Old Persian, Elamite and Babylonian and was instrumental in deciphering these languages. The detail in the photograph is too difficult to make out, but the accompanying relief shows King Darius I of the Achaemenids stood as a giant figure above nine of this enemies. This celebrated victory of Darius in the sixth century BC over the Babylonians, Medes and others who were taking part in revolts. Unusually for Rowden, this slide appears not to have been numbered but it does carry his slide set reference letter 'M'.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
glasspaperphotographic emulsion
Common Name
Magic Lantern Slide: Darius' Inscription, Bisitun
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Inscription Transcription
handwritten 'M Bisitun' on top edge; handwritten 'Darius' Inscription Bisitun' on masking strips
Period Classification
World War I (1914-1918); Inter War (1918-1939)
Production Country
United Kingdom
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Lantern Slide: Darius' Inscription, Bisitun