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October 15, 2005

Khate Mikhi

The text on the fireplace mantel at the Darioush winery in Napa, northern California is It's a modern creation, which means "The command of the Achaemenid kings which was inscribed in Iranian (lit., Aryan)." It is most likely pieced together from other inscriptions (none of the words are invented). The Old Persian inscription reads: framânâ xshâyathiyânâm haxâmanishiyânâm tayâ Ariyâ niyapithiya. Also, readers may be interested in the Old Persian primer created by Harvard Professor Oktor Skjaervø which can be found here .

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