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(ˌbeɪhɪˈstuːn) ,




(Placename) 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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Although this can be assumed a priori, since both verbs have similar roles and semantic ranges within their languages, it can also be verified to some degree by the Aramaic version of the Behistun inscription, which regularly has bd in place of kar- in the Old Persian original.
Rawlinson; the achievement was Edward Hincks' nearly alone, and was virtually completed well before Rawlinson published the Third Column of the Behistun inscription (Daniels 1993).
Even though I think Lincoln is wildly off in his description of Behistun, the basic notion in chapter two is a poignant one:
The "archeological harvest" of the history of Egypt and Assyria to be emulated for Syria-Palaestina consists of massive literary histories preserved entire, along with the Rosetta and Behistun keys to their decipherment; while the "hundreds" of Palestine epigraphs are mostly names in small transactions.
Margiana, a country listed on the Behistun inscription, is thought to be located on the ancient delta of the Murgab river in the Karakum desert of Turkmenistan.
Hinz's erroneous translation of a paragraph (DB [section]70) of Darius's Behistun Inscription to maintain that it was this king who invented the Old Persian (OP) script.
He uses the Behistun Inscription as an example of a text which is unreadable to any passerby, yet was copied and sent throughout the empire.