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 64-70
- \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ xšâyathiya \ pasâva \ adam \ nijâyam \ hacâ \
- Bâbirauš \ ašiyavam \ Mâdam \ yathâ \ Mâdam \ parârasam \ Kuduruš \ nâma \
- vardanam \ Mâdaiy \ avadâ \ hauv \ Fravartiš \ hya \ Mâdaiy \ xšâyathiya \ a
- gaubatâ \ âiš \ hadâ \ kârâ \ patiš \ mâm \ hamaranam \ cartanaiy \ pasâva \ hamarana
- m \ akumâ \ Auramazdâmaiy \ upastâm \ abara \ vašnâ \ Auramazdâha \ kâram
- \ tyam \ Fravartaiš \ adam \ ajanam \ vasiy \ Adukanaišahya \ mâhyâ \ XXV \ ra
- ucabiš \ thakatâ \ âha \ avathâ \ hamaranam \ akumâ \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ x
(31) King Darius says: Then I went forth from Babylon and came into Media. When I had come to Media, that Phraortes, who called himself king in Media, came against me unto a city in Media called Kundurušnote[Kangavar?] to offer battle. Then we joined battle. Ahuramazda brought me help; by the grace of Ahuramazda did my army utterly overthrow that rebel host. On the twenty-fifth day of the month Adukanaiša we fought the battle.note[8 May 521.]