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 27-36
- âšim \ avâjanam \ mathištašâm \ Skuxa \ nâma \ avam \ aga
- rbâya \ utâ \ anaya \ abiy \ mâm \ avadâ \ aniyam \ math
- ištam \ akunavam \ yathâ \ mâm \ kâma \ âha \ pasâva \ da
- hyâuš \ manâ \ abava \ thâtiy Dârayavauš \ xšâya
- thiya \ avaiy \ Sakâ \ arikâ \ âha \ utâ \ naiy \ Auramazd
- âšâm \ ayadiya \ Aurmazdâm \ ayadaiy \ vašnâ \ Aurama
- zdâha \ yathâ \ mâm \ kâma \ avathâdiš \ akunavam \ thât
- iy \ Dârayavauš \ xšâyathiya \ hya \ Auramazdâm \ yadâta
- iy \ avahyâ \ yânam \ ahatiy \ utâ \ jîvahyâ \ utâ
- \ martahyâ
(74b) [Another] chief of them, by name Skunkha, they seized and led to me. Then I made another their chief, as was my desire. Then the province became mine.
(75) King Darius says: Those Scythians 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.
(76) King Darius says: [Whoso shall worship] Ahuramazda, [divine blessing will be upon him, both while] living and [when dead.]