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Old Iranian Language:  Avestan
CEUS-T 358/658
Jamsheed Choksy

Course covers alphabets, grammar, vocabulary, reading, translation, and analysis of texts in two Old Iranians languages: Avestan and Old Persian. Religious and sociopolitical documents will be examined from eighteenth to first centuries bce through manuscripts and inscriptions.

Course Repetition for Credit: Course can be repeated twice for credit, with one language studied each semester.

Prerequisite: Open to undergraduates and graduate students with instructor’s written permission.

Course Requirements and Grading Scheme for Undergraduate Students:

  1. Class attendance (10% of overall grade).
  2. Reading in Avestan or Old Persian and translation into English during each class session (70% of overall grade).
  3. Constructive participation in class discussions (20% of overall grade).

Course Requirements and Grading Scheme for Graduate Students:

1. Class attendance (10% of overall grade).
2. Reading in Avestan or Old Persian and translation into English during each class session (50% of overall grade).
3. Constructive participation in class discussions (20% of overall grade).
4. Research paper on a text in Avestan or Old Persian (20% of overall grade).

Each student will be given written notification of his or her progress at the middle of the semester.
The overall or final grade will be assigned upon completion of the course.

Textbook: A. V. W. Jackson, An Avestan Grammar in Comparison with Sanskrit (in library).

Dictionary: C. Bartholomae, Altiranisches Wörterbuch (in library).

Text Selections will be taken from: K. F. Geldner, ed., Avesta: The Sacred Books of the Parsis, 3 vols. (handouts will be given).

Recommended Readings:

R. Schmidt, ed., Compendium Linguarum Iranicarum.
B. Spuler, ed., Handbuch der Orientalistik, Iranistik, Linguistik; and Literatur.
H. Reichelt, Avesta Reader: Texts, Notes, Glossary, and Index.
R. S. P. Beekes, A Grammar of Gatha-Avestan