In the week of May 21st, two intensive courses will be presented at Oxford (Wolfson and Corpus Christi) by Dr. Wouter Henkelman (Humboldt research fellow, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut).
The first, "An Introduction into Late Elamite", introduces the Elamite
language with specific attention to Achaemenid Elamite and phenomena
resulting from contact between speakers of Old-Iranian and Elamite.
Parts of the famous Bisotun inscription of Darius the Great will be
read in class.
Details are to be found here.
The second course, "Persian culture as seen from Persepolis",
charters the world of the Persepolis Fortification archive, a corpus
written for the most part in Late Elamite. After an introduction into
the archive as such, particular attention will be given to the role of
(royal women), the royal household, heartland cults, royal feasts,
etc. Again particular attention will be given to the importance of the
Elamite background of Achaemenid culture and its role in the formation
of Persian identity. The course will take place 12-2pm, in the Second
Floor Seminar Room, in the Classics Centre, 67 St Giles, Oxford.
The two courses are intended to complement each other, but may be
Admission is free; no previous knowledge of Elamite is required. Those
interested in participating in one or both course are kindly
requested to contact Wouter Henkelman.