LINGUIST List 32.602

Thu Feb 18 2021

Summer Schools: Middle Persian (Pahlavi) Online School /Online

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 17-Feb-2021
From: Khachik Gevorgyan <>
Subject: Middle Persian (Pahlavi) Online School / Online
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Host Institution:

Dates: 19-Apr-2021 - 07-May-2021
Location: Online from Yerevan, Online from Yerevan, Armenia

Focus: The Middle Persian online course will have 1 group of up to 10 participants. The participants must already have at least an upper elementary level of Modern Persian knowledge before starting the classes with ASPIRANTUM. If you have no prior knowledge of Persian please contact us and we will find an individual solution for you. ASPIRANTUM's Middle Persian language schools are organized so that undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and professors, and anyone interested in learning Pahlavi will benefit from it. Thus, everyone with an upper elementary level of Persian is welcome to apply and participate in ASPIRANTUM's "Middle Persian" course from April 19, 2021, till May 7, 2021, online.
Minimum Education Level: No Minimum

This 3 weeks Middle Persian online school will be organized on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays each week (4 days each week, 12 days during three weeks) and will include 42 hours of intensive Middle Persian teaching (3.5 hours during each day).

The syllabus of the course is available here:

We are planning to start the online classes at 9 PM Yerevan time. This time is mainly comfortable for the students from European and American countries. Depending on applicants' geography, the time may be changed, and all applicants will be informed about the time changes before the course.

The 3 hours class of each day will be divided into the following sections:

First class - Homework and discussion
Second class - Pahlavi Grammar and Readings
Third class - Pahlavi Readings

During the Pahlavi classes, the following components will be covered every day:

Grammar: Everyday class will cover the main grammatical concepts of the Middle Persian language.
Vocabulary: During the 3 weeks (42 hours) course, the participants will learn more than 500 new Middle Persian words.
Writing: Each day, the participants will have writing assignments and homework to complete for the next day.
Readings: During the course, the students will complete two entire Middle Persian texts - the Kārnāmag ī Ardaxšēr ī Pābagān and Wizārišn ī čatrang ud nihišn ī nēw-ardaxšīr. In the last week, the readings will also include excerpts from Ardā-Wirāz-nāmag, an engaging eschatological text, often compared to Dante Alighieri's "Divina Commedia".

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Languages: Persian, Manichaean Middle

Language Families: Indo-European

Tuition: 900 USD
Financial Aid: Applications accepted until 10-Mar-2021
If you apply before March 10, 2021, and make the payment by March 15 the participation fee will be 750 USD. Need-based discounts will also be available. Please send an email to describing your situation, and we will consider your case individually.

Financial Aid Instructions:

Registration: Open until 31-Mar-2021
Contact Person: Khachik Gevorgyan
                Phone: +37491557978

Registration Instructions:
To apply, please fill in the application form.

Page Updated: 18-Feb-2021