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 v, lines 11-17
- âva \ Gaubaruva \ Ûvjiyâ \ avâja \ viyamarda \
- utâ \ tyamšâm \ mathištam \ agarbâya \ anaya \ abi
- y \ mâm \ utâšim \ adam \ avâjanam \ pasâva \ dahyâ
- uš \ manâ \ abava \ thâtiy Dârayavauš \ xšâyathi
- ya \ avaiy \ Ûvjiyâ \ arikâ \ âha \ utâšâm \ Aurama
- zdâ \ naiy \ ayadiya \ Auramazdâm \ ayadaiy \ vašnâ \ A
- uramazdâha \ yathâ \ mâm \ kâma \ avathâdiš \ 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.