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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 11-17



  1. āva \ Gaubaruva \ Ūvjiyā \ avāja \ viyamarda \
  2. utā \ tyamšām \ mathištam \ agarbāya \ anaya \ abi
  3. y \ mām \ utāšim \ adam \ avājanam \ pasāva \ dahyā
  4. uš \ manā \ abava \ thātiy Dārayavauš \ xšāyathi
  5. ya \ avaiy \ Ūvjiyā \ arikā \ āha \ utāšām \ Aurama
  6. zdā \ naiy \ ayadiya \ Auramazdām \ ayadaiy \ vašnā \ A
  7. uramazdāha \ yathā \ mām \ kāma \ avathādiš \ akunavam

  (71a) Then Gobryas destroyed many of the host and that Atamaita, their leader, he captured, and he brought him unto me, and I killed him. Then the province became mine.

(72) King Darius says:  Those Elamites were faithless and Ahuramazda was not worshipped by them. I worshipped Ahuramazda; by the grace of Ahuramazda I did unto them according to my will.






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