- 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.
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Till the cylinder is published we must keep to the inscription of Behistun and Herodotus.The History of Antiquity
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.The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI)
Bisitun or Bisutun
- 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