Languages of empire
4 July 2011, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford
Lindsay Allen (King's College London), The letter as object: multilingualism and the performance of commmunication in the Achaemenid Empire.
11.00-12.45 Iranian languages
Chair: Elizabeth Tucker (Oxford)
Ilya Yakubovich (Oxford), The formation of Old Persian and its role within the Achaemenid Empire.
Jan Tavernier (Louvain-la-Neuve), Iranian vocabulary in non-Iranian languages: patterns and models.
1.15-3.00 Forms and uses of Aramaic
Chair: David Taylor (Oxford)
Bezalel Porten (Jerusalem), How the Aramaic scribe strove to sharpen his text
Shaul Shaked (Jerusalem), Aramaic administrative documents between Egypt and Bactria
Wouter Henkelman (Amsterdam), Achaemenid Elamite as contact language.
The workshop is followed at 5.00 by a public lecture by C. J. Tuplin (Liverpool), Revisiting the world of Arshama.