Old Persian Online Course Syllabus

This three-week intensive course is an introduction to the Old Persian language. Students will learn the language by studying several Achaemenid Persian royal inscriptions, including the famous Behistun Inscription of Darius the Great and the mysterious Daiva text of Xerxes. Thus, this course will give students not only a familiarity with the grammar of Old Persian but also with the corpus of Achaemenid royal inscriptions.

Old Persian Online School, from May 10, 2021 to May 28, 2021 (3 weeks)

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Week 1 - Reading and Interpreting the Behistun Inscription?

Week 1 of the course will essentially be an introduction to the grammar, script, and corpus of Old Persian. We will also begin reading the famous Behistun Inscription of King of Kings Darius I.