Testimonial by Natasha Parnian

Graduate Student, Ancient History, Macquarie University, Australia

3 weeks 2023 Middle Persian (Pahlavi) Online School

The Middle Persian (Pahlavi) online course gave me a working grasp of Middle Persian, especially the ability to translate key texts of the Sasanian period and understand them in context. Ruben is highly knowledgeable in both Middle and Classical Persian and positioned each text in its appropriate linguistic and cultural context, making it more enjoyable and easier to comprehend. He was generous with his time and led us toward a relevant scholarship to answer our questions. The linguistic links to Modern Persian, Parthian, and Armenian were very enjoyable. The course highlighted the continuity and the impact of Middle Persian in the trajectory of the evolution of ancient and modern languages.  

The course is well resourced and flexible for student needs. We had many opportunities to suggest texts alongside the texts we were studying. I highly recommend it to anyone studying Iranian history, Middle Persian literature, or Zoroastrian history, as Middle Persian is not commonly offered in University programs elsewhere.  

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