Friday 19th February 5.30pm.
Arthur Dudney will speak on
What Language Did Kiyomars Speak? Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Theories on the Origins of Persian
Theories of linguistic origins before modern times were full of mythical people and semi-mythical societies. These could be dismissed out of hand as historical curiosities but this talk argues that pre-modern theories of where Persian came from are worth our attention because even if the conclusions are wildly at odds with our current understanding in historical linguistics, the tools used to reach them were remarkably intricate.
Dr. Arthur D. Dudney is currently Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge.
Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome.
Ancient India & Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG
Tel: +44 (0)1223 356841