An Old Persian Cuneiform Inscription on a Tomb in the Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City

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Rüdiger Schmitt
Matthew W. Stolper

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An inscription composed in the Old Persian language and carved in the Old Persian cuneiform script on the tomb of Phirozshaw D. Saklatvala and his family in the Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City adds to the corpus of known ancient and modern inauthentic Old Persian texts. This article describes and illustrates the tomb, discusses the family for which it was built, presents a full illustrated edition of the text and philological commentary on it, and speculates on the identity of its composer.




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