Behistun



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.
Historical Examples

The History of Antiquity Max Duncker
Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria Lewis Spence
The History of Antiquity Max Duncker
Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria Lewis Spence
Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8 Various
A History of Science, Volume 4(of 5) Henry Smith Williams
The Progress of Ethnology John Russell Bartlett
The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI) Max Duncker
The Progress of Ethnology John Russell Bartlett

noun
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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