Behistun or Bisotun: town in Iran, site of several ancient monuments, including a famous inscription by the Persian king Darius I the Great (r.522-486 BCE), the great organizer of the Achaemenid Empire.
On these pages, you can find drawings, a transliteration and an adapted version of the King/Thompson translation of the inscription.
Column iv, lines 12-20
- \ hauv \ Ûvjam \ hamiçiyam \ akunauš \ manâ \ I Naditabaira \ n
- âma \ Bâbiruviya \ hauv \ adurujiya \ avathâ \ athaha \
- adam \ Nabukudracara \ amiy \ hya \ Nabunaitahya \ puça \
- hauv \ Bâbirum \ hamiçiyam \ akunauš \ I Martiya \ nâ
- ma \ Pârsa \ hauv \ adurujiya \ avathâ \ athaha \ adam \ Imani
- š \ amiy \ Ûvjaiy \ xšâyathiya \ hauv \ Ûvjam \ hamiçiya
- m \ akunauš \ I Fravartiš \ nâma \ Mâda \ hauv \ adurujiya
- \ avathâ \ athaha \ adam \ Xšathrita \ amiy \ Uvaxštrahya \ taumây
- â \ hauv \ Mâdam \ hamiçiyam \ akunauš \ I Ciçataxma \ nâma \ Asa
He made Elam to revolt.
Another was named Nidintu-Bêl, the Babylonian; he lied, saying: 'I am Nebuchadnezzar, the son of Nabonidus.' He made Babylon to revolt.
Another was named Martiya, the Persian; he lied, saying: 'I am Ummanniš, the king of Elam.' He made Elam to revolt.
Another was Phraortes, the Mede; he lied, saying: 'I am Khshathrita, of the dynasty of Cyaxares.' He made Media to revolt.