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Sasanid-Pahlavi Inscriptions Discovered in Kohan-Dedz
15 November 2007
(CAIS) -- Two Sasanian
inscriptions written in Sasanid-Pahlavi (Middle Persian) language have been
discovered in Kohan-Dedz historical site in northeastern Iran.
An Irano-French archeology team has discovered two inscriptions written in
language during the third phase of excavations in Kohan-Dedz.
One of the inscriptions is a clay piece which is adorned with four lines of
scripts in Sasanid-Pahlavi language. The scripts in black ink have not yet
been decoded. The other piece is made of soapstone and is decorated with animal
figures such as goat. The latter scripts are in Arsacid-Pahlavi and Sasanis-Pahlavi languages.
More information will be available once the translation of the scripts is
Sasanid-Pahlavi also known as Middle-Persian was a successor to, and
derived directly from, Old Persian. It has a multiplicity of Southwestern
Iranian features. Gradually developing into a distinct idiom after the reign of
Emperor Xerxes (r. 485-465 BCE). It became the official language of the Sasanian
dynastic Empire (224-651CE) and as such was utilised in a noteworthy literature
of Zoroastrian and also Manichean religious texts.
the Arab invasions of Iran in the seventh century Sasanid-Pahlavi developed
into Classical and accordingly to Modern-Persian.
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