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Behistun

[ bey-hi-stoon ]

noun

  1. 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.


Behistun

/ ˌbeɪhɪˈstuːn /

noun

  1. 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


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

Darius, in his inscriptions on Mount Behistun, has left us the authentic though very compressed history of Cambyses.

The only historical sculpture which is at present known, is the inscription of Darius at Behistun.

We can fix precisely the position of this district by the hill consecrated to Zeus near the modern Behistun.

On the monument of Darius at Behistun Çakuka, the leader of the Sacæ, wears a tall pointed cap.

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