The Parthian script developed from the Aramaic
script around the 2nd century BC and was used during the Parthian and
Sassanian periods of the Persian empire. The latest known inscription
dates from 292 AD.
- Written from right to left in horizontal lines.
- Only some vowels are indicated and the letters used to represent
them have multiple pronunciations.
- The letters marked in red were used to write loan words from Aramaic.
Used to write
Parthian, a Middle Iranian language which originated
in the ancient province of Parthia (in the northeast of modern day Iran).
Information about the Parthian language
Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies at the School of Oriental and Asian
Studies (SOAS), University of London: http://www.cais-soas.com
Proto-Sinaitic / Proto-Canaanite,