Darius I stele found in ancient Greek city of Phanagoria in southern Russia
Archaeologists doing excavations in the area of the ancient town of Phanagoria in the Temryuk district of Russia’s southern Krasnodar Territory have discovered fragments of a marble stele carrying an inscription of the ancient Persian King Darius I, the press service of the Volnoye Delo foundation said in a press release on Aug. 5.
"The decoded inscriptions state someone made them in the name of the Persian King Darius I," the press release said. "The stele has an inscription in the ancient Persian language. The approximate assessment dates the find to the first half of the 5th century BC."
Apart from the stele, the archaeologists have found in the acropolis the remainders of ancient fortress walls, which in itself is an important even in classical archaeology, the foundation said.
"Miletus stood at the head of the so-called Ionian uprising of Greek city states against Darius I," the press release said. "It was suppressed in 494 BC."
"Researchers believe the king put up a marble stele in the city after his victory over the Greeks," it said. "The monument had a text on it - for instance, reporting on the king’s triumph. Later on, a fragment of the overturned and broken stele got to Phanagoria - quite possibly, as ballast on a ship that called into the Phanagoria port, since there is no natural stone of the kind on the Taman peninsula.
At present, the stele is undergoing scrutiny at the restoration laboratory of the Phanagoria Research and Cultural Center.
Darius I, a Persian ruler from the Achaemenian dynasty considerably expanded the territory of his country with the aid of wars against the Getae, Thrace, Lemnos, Imbros, and Macedonia. He was buried in the mausoleum built on the cliffs at Naqsh-e Rustam near Persepolis on his order and decorated with sculptures.
Source: Tass [August 05, 2016]