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 31-39
- içiyam \ akunauš \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ xšâyathiya \ imaiy \
- IX \ xšâyathiyâ \ adam \ agarbâyam \ atar \ imâ \ hamaranâ
- \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ xšâyathiya \ dahyâva \ imâ \ tyâ \ hamiçiy
- â \ abava \ drauga \ diš \ hamiçiyâ \ akunauš \ tya \ imaiy \ kâram \ adur
- ujiyaša \ pasâva \ diš \ Auramazdâ \ manâ \ dastayâ \ akunauš \ yathâ \ mâm \ k
- âma \ avatha \ diš \ akunavam \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ xšâyathi
- ya \ tuvam \ kâ \ xšâyathiya \ hya \ aparam âhy \ hacâ \ draugâ \ daršam \
- patipayauvâ \ martiya \ hya \ draujana \ ahatiy \ avam \ ufraštam \ parsâ \ ya
- diy \ avathâ \ maniyâhaiy \ dahyâušmaiy \ duruvâ \ ahati
(53) King Darius says: These nine king did I capture in these wars.
(54) King Darius says: As to these provinces which revolted, lies made them revolt, so that they deceived the people. Then Ahuramazda delivered them into my hand; and I did unto them according to my will.
(55) King Darius says: You who shall be king hereafter, protect yourself vigorously from lies; punish the liars well, if thus you shall think, 'May my country be secure!'