The Casualty Figures in Darius’ Bisitun Inscription

  title={The Casualty Figures in Darius’ Bisitun Inscription},
  author={John O. Hyland},
  journal={Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History},
  pages={173 - 199}
  • John O. Hyland
  • Published 28 November 2014
  • History
  • Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History
Abstract The Babylonian and Aramaic versions of the Bisitun inscription give precise enumerations of enemies killed and captured by the armies of Darius I in 522–521 bc. But the figures are absent from Bisitun’s other versions, and their accuracy and historical value remain in question. This study reviews their textual reliability and modern reconstructions and argues that they do not reflect accurate counts of battlefield dead or prisoners. It proposes that the Babylonian text offered more… 
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