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 3, lines 1-10
- \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ xšâyathiya \ pasâva \ adam \ kâra
- m \ Pârsam \ frâišayam \ abiy \ Vištâspam \ hacâ \ Ragâ
- yâ \ yathâ \ hauv \ kâra \ parârasa \ abiy \ Vištâspam
- \ pasâva \ Vištâspa \ âyasatâ \ avam \ kâram \ ašiyava \ Patigraba
- nâ \ nâma \ vardanam \ Parthavaiy \ avadâ \ hamaranam \ akunauš \ hadâ \
- hamiçiyaibiš \ Auramazdâmaiy \ upastâm \ abara \ vašnâ \ Auramaz
- dâha \ Vištâspa \ avam \ kâram \ tyam \ hamiçiyam \ aja \ vasiy \ Ga
- rmapadahya \ mâhya \ I \ rauca \ thakatam \ âha \ avathâšâm \ hamaranam \ ka
- rtam \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ xšâyathiya \ pasâva \ dahyâuš \ ma
- nâ \ abava \ ima \ tya \ manâ \ kartam \ Parthavaiy \ thâtiy \ Dârayavau
(36) King Darius says: Then did I send a Persian army unto Hystaspes from Rhagae. When that army reached Hystaspes, he marched forth with the host. At a city in Parthia called Patigrabanâ he gave battle to the rebels. Ahuramazda brought me help; by the grace of Ahuramazda Hystaspes utterly defeated that rebel host. On the first day of the month Garmapadanote[11 July 521.] the battle was fought by them.
(37) King Darius says: Then was the province mine. This is what done by me in Parthia.