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 71-78
- šâyathiya \ pasâva \ hauv \ Fravartiš \ hadâ \ kamnaibiš \ asabâraibiš \ amutha \ Ra
- gâ \ nâmâ \ dahyâuš \ Mâdaiy \ avaparâ \ ašiyava \ pasâva \ adam \ kâram \ f
- râišayam \ nipadiy \ Fravartiš \ âgarbîta \ anayatâ \ abiy \ mâm \ ada
- mšaiy \ utâ \ nâham \ utâ \ gaušâ \ utâ \ hazânam \ frâjanam \ utâša
- iy \ I cašam \ avajam \ duvarayâmaiy \ basta \ adâriya \ haruvašim \ k
- âra \ avaina \ pasâvašim \ Hagmatânaiy \ uzmayâpatiy \ akunavam
- \ utâ \ martiyâ \ tyaišaiy \ fratamâ \ anušiyâ \ âhatâ \ avaiy \ Ha
- gmatânaiy \ atar \ didâm \ frâhajam \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ xš
(32) King Darius says: Thereupon that Phraortes fled thence with a few horseman to a district in Media called Rhagae. Then I sent an army in pursuit. Phraortes was taken and brought unto me. I cut off his nose, his ears, and his tongue, and I put out one eye, and he was kept in fetters at my palace entrance, and all the people beheld him. Then did I crucify him in Ecbatana; and the men who were his foremost followers, those at Ecbatana within the fortress, I flayed and hung out their hides, stuffed with straw.