Explaining the Avesta: Commentaries in Zoroastrian Languages
Dr. Miguel Ángel Andrés-Toledo, a candidate for the FEZANA Professorship in Zoroastrian Languages and Literature
The Avestan texts, composed during the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE and considered sacred by Zoroastrians, were rendered into Pahlavi, a south-western Middle Iranian language originally spoken in the region of Fārs, during Sasanian times (3rd – 7th centuries CE). These translations were also extensively commented in Pahlavi at Zoroastrian priestly schools during Sasanian and post-Sasanian times.
In this presentation, I will show how the exegetical processes behind the Pahlavi translations and their commentaries determined our understanding of the Zoroastrian literature and beliefs of those and later periods.
To attend, click the zoom link on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 2 PM
Meeting ID: 852 8075 6976