The course provides an introduction to the alphabets, grammar, vocabulary, reading, translation, and analysis of texts in a variety of Middle Iranians languages: 1. Middle Persian (Pahlavi), 2. Middle Parthian and Manichaean Middle Persian, 3. Sogdian, 4. Bactrian and Saka. Documents are drawn from manuscripts and inscriptions. Social, political, religious, and commercial materials from the first century through twelfth century A.D. will be examined.
One language will be focused on during each semester.
In Spring 2008, the course will cover Middle Persian (Pahlavi).
Course may be repeated for credit up to four times, with different Middle Iranian languages studied each semester.