Aramaic lessons and reading classes
24 one-hour classes will provide a grounding in the grammar of Achaemenid- period Aramaic and the opportunity for close reading of the most important of the Arshama documents. The classes will be run by David Taylor (Oriental Institute, Oxford) and will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursdays during Oxford terms in the Lecture Theatre of the Ioannou Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity.
No previous knowledge of Semitic languages required! All the same, it will be very helpful if people who want to want to attend these classes familiarize themselves with the Hebrew alphabet beforehand.
(Please note that no food is allowed in the venue: in spite of the lunchtime hour, this is not a lunch or "brown bag" class).
Documents from the class will be posted here. They are freely downloadable but David Taylor (Oriental Institute, Oxford University), should be asked before reproducing and diffusing them.
TAD texts reproduced by kind permission of B. Porten.
Vocabulary and Glossaries
Proposed reading timetableProposed timetable for reading Aramaic texts from the Arshama dossier
Revolt documents A6.7, A6.10-11, A4.5 27 January, 3 February, 10 February
Temple documents A4.7, A4.9-10 17 February, 24 February, 3 March
Long-distance travel documents A6.9, A6.13, A6.15 10 March, 5 May
Boat-repair document A6.2 12 May, 17 May
Other documents A4.1-2, A6.1, A6.3-4, A6.8 24 May, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June, 23 June
A4.1 Passover regulations
A4.2 Report of conflict (of uncertain nature) and request for assistance.
A4.5 Petition to unknown addressee about temple-reconstruction.
A4.7 Petition to Bagohi about temple-reconstruction.
A4.9 Memorandum of authorization of temple-reconstruction
A4.10 Offer of payment in connection with temple-reconstruction.
A6.3 Arshama orders punishment of slaves belonging to the father of his pqyd Psamshek
A6.4 Arshama orders the transfer of a land-grant to Psamshek
A6.7 Arshama orders the release of thirteen Cilician slaves
A6.8 Arshama orders Armapiya to obey the bailiff Psamshek
A6.9 Arshama authorizes daily travel rations for Nakhtor and thirteen others
A6.10 Arshama orders Nakhtor to preserve and enhance his estate in a time of disturbance
A6.11 Arshama authorizes assignment of a domain to Petosiri
A6.12 Arshama authorizes rations for the sculptor Hinzani and his household personnel
A6.13 Arshama tells Nakhtor et al. to ensure Varuvahya’s rent-income reaches Babylon
A6.15 Virafsha orders Nakhtor to hand over 5 Cilicians and return misappropriated goods
A reminder of some other relevant dates
Workshop 2: Achaemenid Art Texts and Images 29 January
Workshop 3: Achaemenid Egypt 5 March
Workshop 4: Travel and Empire 14 May
Workshop 5: Language and Empire 4 July
Conference: Conclusions and Prospects 5-7 July