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The parabolic arch is used i n Persepolitan architecture only for narrow openings or passages i n sun-dried brick masonry, not openly visible. I n Assur that arch is not attested, while i t was known 3 5 PRE-ACHAEMENIAN AND ACHAEMENIAN EPOCHS from Boghazkoi, and is common i n Armenia. I f i t has been found recently on Sargon's aqueduct at Khursabad, i t is there, like the whole architectural idea, apparently of Urartaean origin, a foreign work. These I r a n i a n tombs raise two historical problems: ( i ) to w h o m do they belong?
I n Liv. 2 AAA. v i i . , a n d C a m p b e l l T h o m p s o n a n d M a l l o w a n , x x ; c p . S . ukku 1934, is a h y p o c o r i s t i c i n -ukku o t h e r s h o r t f o r m arvant. p. 575. of a n a m e like arvataspa, T h a t is the n a m e , i n I r a n i a n l e g e n d , o f the m y t h i c a l father o f V i s h t a s p a - H y s t a s p e s . E 26 PRE-ACHAEMENIAN AND ACHAEMENIAN EPOCHS possibly represent a native hufim&d, m o d . H o r m u z , a n a m e that sounds eminently I r a n i a n , but cannot be derived A h u r a m a z d a , "Apuouja—Hormuza from i n Alexander's time being m u c h t o o o l d to a l l o w s u c h a n e t y m o l o g y .
The use of Aramaic as official script for the OP. language was an innovation of Darius, which was considered important enough to be recorded i n the Behistun inscription. ra of Pars used, according to their coins, and which the Sasanians continued. Nowhere can we recognize a discontinuance of tradition. The less comprehensible becomes the radical change i n the exterior appearance of art. The town of Istakhr remained capital of the province, later of a district, down to the early M u h a m m e d a n epoch.