The Paikuli inscription is comprised of three parts: introduction, main part, and conclusion. The main part can be divided into three: 1. An account of the events taking place before Narseh and the Iranian dignitaries meet at Paikuli; 2. An account of the events leading to the surrender of Warahrān, King of Sakas, and the punishment of Wahnām; 3. The negotiations between Narseh and the dignitaries regarding the succession to the throne of Iran, leading to Narseh’s acceptance of the Kingship.
Users of this text should always consult the synoptic texts in SIP 2 for the exact reading of the blocks. The restored text in this volume differs from the synoptic texts in several respects: A simplified apparatus has been used; The synoptic texts contain no restorations of complete words, even when the restoration is certain (e.g. in the lists of dignitaries); The restored text contains both certain and conjectural restorations; The translation is based upon the restored text.
The restored text and the translation have been divided into paragraphs to show the structure of the text and to provide a frame of reference. In unclear passages the division into paragraphs does not necessarily agree with the contextual divisions, but is also for the sake of reference.
In order to remind the readers of the many uncertainties in the textual restorations and the translation I have been liberal in the use of queries (?).
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The Sassanian Inscription of Paikuli
Helmut Humbach and Prods O. Skjærvø
Restored text and translation
by Prods Skjærvø, 1983
DR. LUDWIG REICHERT VERLAG WIESBADEN