Re: [ANE-2] An Old Persian text in the Persepolis Fortification Archive
- When Matt Stolper presented this discovery at the AOS this year, he indicated that there's no reason to suppose it showed that the script was "in use for practical recording" -- since it remains unique -- but could have been a jeu d'esprit: "Let's see if we can use that new-fangled monumental script for something practical!"
(And since it probably takes more space on a tablet than standard Elamite syllabic cuneiform, it would probably be less practical.)
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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Subject: [ANE-2] An Old Persian text in the Persepolis Fortification Archive
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