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 79-88
- âyathiya \ I martiya \ Ciçataxma \ nâma \ Asagartiya \ hauvmaiy \ hamiçiya \
- abava \ kârahyâ \ avathâ \ athaha \ adam \ xšâyathiya \ amiy \ Asagarta
- iy \ Uvaxštrahyâ \ taumâyâ \ pasâva \ adam \ kâram \ Pârsam \ ut
- â \ Mâdam \ frâišayam \ Taxmaspâda \ nâma \ Mâda \ manâ \ badaka \ avam
- šâm \ mathištam \ akunavam \ avathâšâm \ athaham \ paraitâ \ k
- ram \ hamiçiyam \ hya \ manâ \ naiy \ gaubâtaiy \ avam \ jatâ \ pas
- âva \ Taxmaspâda \ hadâ \ kârâ \ ašiyava \ hamaranam \ akunauš \ had
- â \ Ciçataxmâ \ Auramazdâmaiy \ upastâm \ abara \ vašnâ \ Auramaz
- dâha \ kâra \ hya \ manâ \ avam \ kâram \ tyam \ hamiçiyam \ aja \ utâ \ C
- içataxmam \ agarbâya \ anaya \ abiy \ mâm pasâvašaiy \ adam \ utâ \ n
(33a) King Darius says: A man named Tritantaechmes, a Sagartian, revolted from me, saying to his people: 'I am king in Sagartia, of the family of Cyaxares.' Then I sent forth a Persian and a Median army. A Mede named Takhmaspâda, my servant, I made their leader, and I said unto him: 'Go, smite that host which is in revolt, and does not acknowledge me.' Thereupon Takhmaspâda went forth with the army, and he fought a battle with Tritantaechmes. Ahuramazda brought me help; by the grace of Ahuramazda my army utterly defeated that rebel host, and they seized Tritantaechmes and brought him unto me.