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 iii, lines 38-48
- šnâ \ Auramazdâha \ kâra \ hya \ manâ \ avam \ kâram \ tyam \ Vahya
- zdâtahya \ aja \ vasiy \ Thûravâharahya \ mâhyâ \ XII \ raucabiš \ thaka
- tâ \ âha \ avathâšâm \ hamaranam \ kartam \ thâtiy \ Dârayavauš \ xsâyathi
- ya \ pasâva \ hauv \ Vahyazdâta \ hadâ \ kamnaibiš \ asabâraibiš \ a
- mutha \ ašiyava \ Paišiyâuvâdâm \ hacâ \ avadaša \ kâram \ âyasa
- tâ \ hyâparam \ âiš \ patiš \ Artavardiyam \ hamaranam \ cartana
- iy \ Parga \ nâma \ kaufa \ avadâ \ hamaranam \ akunava \ Auramazdâma
- iy \ upastâm \ abara \ vašnâ \ Auramazdâha \ kâra \ hya \ manâ \ ava
- m \ kâram \ tyam \ Vahyazdâtahya \ aja \ vasiy \ Garmapadahya \ mâh
- yâ \ V \ raucabiš \ thakatâ \ âha \ avathâšâm \ hamaranam \ kartam \ utâ \ ava
- m Vahyazdâtam \ agarbâya \ utâ \ martiyâ \ tyaišaiy \ fratam
(41b) by the grace of Ahuramazda my host utterly overthrew the army of Vahyazdâta. On the twelfth day of the month Thûravâharanote[24 May 521.] was the battle fought by them.
(42) King Darius says: Then that Vahyazdâta fled thence with a few horsemen unto Pishiyâuvâda. From that place he went forth with an army a second time against Artavardiya to give him battle. At a mountain called Parga they fought the battle. Ahuramazda brought me help; by the grace of Ahuramazda my host utterly overthrew the army of Vahyazdâta. On the fifth day of the month Garmapadanote[15 July 521.] was the battle fought by them. And they seized that Vahyazdâta, and the men who were his chief followers were also seized.