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Old Persian Syllabification: Old Per·sian

Definition of Old Persian in English:


The Persian language up to the 3rd century bc, used in the ancient Persian empire and written in cuneiform.
Example sentences
  • In 1844, Rawlinson scaled the almost sheer cliffs of Bisitun, in Persia, copying relief sculptures and their accompanying cuneiform inscriptions in Old Persian, Elamite and Babylonian.
  • Bisitun was trilingual, with inscriptions in Old Persian, Elamite and Babylonian.
  • In the east, languages like Sogdian look like ‘sons of Old Persian.’

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