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[bey-hi-stoon] /ˌbeɪ hɪˈstun/
a ruined town in W Iran: site of a cliff that bears on its face a cuneiform inscription in Old Persian, Elamite, and Babylonian that provided a key for the decipherment of cuneiform in other languages.
Also, Bisitun, Bisutun. Unabridged
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  • Till the cylinder is published we must keep to the inscription of Behistun and Herodotus.

  • Western Asia is monumentally eloquent of her name, and even the Behistun inscriptions of Darius have been placed to her credit.

  • Morris, who had Rawlinson's copy of the second transcription of the Behistun text to work upon, deciphered nearly all of it.

  • The decipherment of the third of the three languages found at Persepolis and Behistun followed quickly on the success with Susian.

  • This sculpture in the valley of the Choaspes on the rock-wall of Bagistan (Behistun) is in existence.

  • But the Zend was not of itself sufficient to make out all the words and expressions in the Behistun and other inscriptions.

    The Progress of Ethnology John Russell Bartlett
  • It has long been known that all the inscriptions at Persepolis are triple, like those on the Behistun tablets, before described.

    The Progress of Ethnology John Russell Bartlett
  • On the monument of Darius at Behistun Çakuka, the leader of the Sacæ, wears a tall pointed cap.

  • He travelled all over Persia and one day he happened to visit the village of Behistun.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The only historical sculpture which is at present known, is the inscription of Darius at Behistun.

British Dictionary definitions for Behistun


a village in W Iran by the ancient road from Ecbatana to Babylon. On a nearby cliff is an inscription by Darius in Old Persian, Elamite, and Babylonian describing his enthronement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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