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 ii, lines 55-63
- ramazdâha \ kâra \ hya \ manâ \ avam \ kâram \ tyam \ hamiçiyam \ aja \ vasiy \
- Anâmakahya \ mâhyâ \ XV \ raucabiš \ thakatâ \ âha \ avathâšâm \ hamaranam \
- kartam \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ xšâyathiya \ patiy \ duvitîyam \ ham
- içiyâ \ hagmatâ \ paraitâ \ patiš \ Vaumisam \ hamaranam \ cartanaiy \ Au
- tiyâra \ nâmâ \ dahyâuš \ Arminiyaiy \ avadâ \ hamaranam \ akunava \
- Auramazdâmaiy \ upastâm \ abara \ vašnâ \ Auramazdâha \ kâra \ hya \ ma
- nâ \ avam \ kâram \ tyam \ hamiçiyam \ aja \ vasiy \ Thûravâharahya \ mâh
- yâ \ jiyamnam \ patiy \ avathâšâm \ hamaranam \ kartam \ pasâva \ Vaumisa
- \ citâ \ mâm \ amânaya \ Arminiyâiy \ yâtâ \ adam \ arasam \ Mâdam
(29b) by the grace of Ahuramazda did my army utterly overthrow that rebel host. On the fifteenth day of the month Anâmakanote[31 December 522.] the battle was fought by them.
(30) King Darius says: The rebels assembled a second time and advanced against Vaumisa to give him battle. At a place in Armenia called Autiyâra they joined battle. Ahuramazda brought me help; by the grace of Ahuramazda did my army utterly overthrow that rebel host. At the end of the month Thûravâharanote[11 June 521.] the battle was fought by them. Then Vaumisa waited for me in Armenia, until I came into Armenia.