Persians found new uses for old language

From the University of Chicago: Persians Found New Uses for Old Language.

For the first time, a text has been found in Old Persian language that shows the written language in use for practical recording and not only for royal display.

The text is inscribed on a damaged clay tablet from the Persepolis Fortification Archive, now at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. The tablet is an administrative record of the payout of at least 600 quarts of an as-yet unidentified commodity at five villages near Persepolis in about 500 B.C.

"Now we can see that Persians living in Persia at the high point of the Persian Empire wrote down ordinary day-to-day matters in Persian language and Persian script," said Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute. "Odd as it seems, that comes as a surprise—a very big surprise."

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Thanks to Nancy of My Oyster for telling me about this story.

One thought on “Persians found new uses for old language

  1. I couldn’t help but blog about the ugly underside of archaeology there. They’ve had the tablet since the mid-1930s and are just now getting around to reading it? But the archive MUST be kept in one place because otherwise no one else would have gotten around to working on it yet?

    *sigh*

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