National Geographic : 1950 Dec
Hands Tied, Necks Roped, 9Captive Kings Hear Darius's Sentence Inthis 10-by-18-foot panel stands the 5-foot-10 Persian monarch, one foot upon his archenemy, Gaumata, the usurper. Eight defeated rivals for thethrone arebut 3feet 10.Four-foot-10 attendants carry theroyal lance and bow. Ahuramazda, whom Darius acknowledged ashis"Wise Lord," rides inastony sky (pages 825, 829, and 843). Just asthecarving was being finished, Darius defeated an other enemy, aScythian king who "wore apointed hat." He instructed his sculptors toadd this new figure tothegallery. They surveyed thescene; there was no room! Every inch was taken. But Darius's order was law; sotheking with the pointed hat was carved (right) asthetenth and last prisoner intheroyal roundup. Space forhim was created by muti lating acolumn of Elamite in scriptions. Thereupon the sculptors recut thetext anew beneath theBabylonian in scription, spoiling themonu ment's symmetry (page 840). Water from rock faults trickles across the2,500-year oldinscriptions. Inthem Darius proclaims: "This iswhat Idid. By the grace ofAhuramazda, Idid it inthe same year. Othou who shalt examine this inscription infuture, let itconvince thee astowhat was done by me. Regard itnot asalie."