Old Persian

lglor2764  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Old Persian
5.00 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2021-2022 !

A good knowledge of Sanskrit is recommended.
Main themes
This course covers the linguistic and philological study of Old Persian, by examining:
1. The place of Iranian in the Indo-European family;
2. The place of Old Persian in the Iranian family;
3. Script, phonetics, morphology (word formation and inflexion);
4. Syntax structures are studied while reading texts.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student will be capable of reading and interpreting for himself Achaemenid inscriptions. In order to do this, he will have acquired the bases of the Old Persian grammar and vocabulary.
As a representative of Old Iranian, Old Persian is attested by epigraphical texts in cuneiform script, dating from the 6th to the 4th century B.C.
The lectures examine the different chapters of the descriptive grammar and offer an insight into historical grammar. The course is completed by the reading of inscriptional texts.
Teaching methods
The course alternates:
1° lectures devoted to grammar and the philological study of the texts;
2° reading and analysis of texts prepared by the students.
Evaluation methods
Oral exam
Other information
English-friendly course: course taught in French but offering facilities in English.
Online resources
Un syllabus est fourni aux étudiants.
Ouvrages de référence :
  • M. Brust, Historische Laut- und Formenlehre des Altpersischen. Mit einem etymologischen Glossar, Innsbruck 2018.
  • P.O. Skjaervø, An Introduction to Old Persian, version électronique, Harvard 2002
  • (2) http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~iranian/OldPersian/opcomplete.pdf.
  • R. Schmitt, Die altpersischen Inschriften der Achaimeniden. Editio minor mit deutschen Übersetzung, Wiesbaden, Reichert, 2009.
  • R. Schmitt, Wörterbuch der altpersischen Königsinschriften, Wiesbaden, Reichert, 2014.
  • P. Lecoq, Les inscriptions de la Perse achéménide, Paris, Gallimard, 1997.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics