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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 5, lines 1-10



  1. \ thātiy \ Dārayavauš \ xšāyathiya \
  2. ima \ tya \ adam \ akunavam \ duvitīyā
  3. mca \ ēitāmcā \ thardam \ pasāva \ yathā \ xšāya
  4. thiya \ abavam \ Ūvja \ nāmā \ dahyāuš \ hau
  5. v \ hamiēiyā \ abava \ I martiya \ Atamaita \ nāma \ Ū
  6. vjiya \ avam \ mathištam \ akunavatā \ pasāva \ ada
  7. m \ kāram \ fraišayam \ I martiya \ Gaubaruva \
  8. nāma \ Pārsa \ manā \ badaka \ avamšām \ mathištam \ aku
  9. navam \ pasāva \ Gaubaruva \ hadā \ kārā \ asiyava \
  10. Ūvjam \ hamaranam \ akunauš \ hadā \ Ūvjiyaibiš \ pas

  (71a) King Darius says: The following is what I did in the second and third year of my rule. The province called Elam revolted from me. An Elamite named Atamaita they made their leader. Then I sent an army unto Elam. A Persian named Gobryas, my servant, I made their leader. Then Gobryas set forth with the army; he delivered battle against the Elamites.




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