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The Behistun inscription




Relief at Behistun. Photo Ab Langereis. The Behistun relief
Behistun or Bisotun: town in Iran, site of several ancient monuments, including a famous inscription by the Persian king Darius I the Great (522- 486 BCE), the great organizer of the Achaemenid empire.

On these pages, you can find drawings, a translitteration and an adapted version of the King/Thompson translation of the inscription.

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Column 2, lines 1-8



  1. \ th‚tiy \ D‚rayavauš \ xš‚yathiya \ pas‚va \ Naditabaira \ ha
  2. d‚ \ kamnaibiš \ asab‚raibiš \ amutha \ B‚birum \ ašiya
  3. va \ pas‚va \ adam \ B‚birum \ ašiyavam \ vašn‚ \ Auramazd‚ha \ ut‚ B‚
  4. birum \ agarb‚yam \ ut‚ \ avam \ Naditabairam \ agarb‚yam \ pas‚va \ ava
  5. m \ Naditabairam \ adam \ B‚birauv \ av‚janam \ th‚tiy \ D‚rayavauš \ x
  6. š‚yathiya \ y‚t‚ \ adam \ Babirauv \ ‚ham \ im‚ \ dahy‚va \ ty‚ \ hac‚ma \ ha
  7. miÁiy‚ \ abava \ P‚rsa \ Řvja \ M‚da \ Athur‚ \ Mudr‚ya \ Parthava \ Marguš \ Tha
  8. taguš \ Saka \ th‚tiy \ D‚rayavauš \ xš‚yathiya \ I martiya \ Martiya \ n‚

  (20) King Darius says: Then did Nidintu-BÍl with a few horsemen into Babylon. Thereupon I marched to Babylon. By the grace of Ahuramazda I took Babylon, and captured Nidintu-BÍl. Then I slew that Nidintu-BÍl in Babylon.

(21) King Darius says: While I was in Babylon, these provinces revolted from me: Persia, Elam, Media, Assyria, Egypt, Parthia, Margiana, Sattagydia, and Scythia.






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