Achaemenid Communications Week

Achaemenid Communications Week
21 May 2018, 10.00am - 25 May 2018, 4.00pm
Summer School
Room G21A, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Achaemenid communications week, at the Institute of Classical Studies will focus on Achaemenid use of language. Each morning, Professor Prods Oktor Skjaervø (Harvard) will give a three-hour lesson in Old Persian language and script, and each afternoon a workshop will be held considering the use of language in an area of the Achaemenid Empire, and more general concerns. Confirmed speakers include: Professor Christopher Tuplin (University of Liverpool), Professor Eleanor Robson (UCL), Dr. Lindsay Allen (KCL) and Professor Jan Tavernier (UC Louvain). The full timetable will be published soon. (Each day's activities begin at 10am, to accommodate those commuting from outside London).

Participant numbers will be capped at 20, and we hope to attract equal numbers of students, early career scholars and university staff interested in the study of Achaemenid Persia, and the use of language in ancient empire.

Please address initial expressions of interest including details of the stage you have reached in your academic or professional career and your reasons for wishing to participate by email to by 27 April. You will receive confirmation of your place soon after applications close.

A fee is required for attendance at the study week: £100 waged/£20 unwaged.

Tea and coffee will be provided but lunch and the study week dinner are not included in the cost.


 Achaemenid Communications Week Schedule

Monday 21st May:

10am-1pm: Old Persian (Professor Oktor Skjaervø, Harvard University)
2-4pm: ‘Persepolis and the creative first steps in the decipherment of cuneiform’ (Dr Lindsay Allen, KCL)

Tuesday 22nd May:

10.30am-1pm: Old Persian 
1.30pm-4.30pm: ‘The politics of Babylonian cuneiform in the early Achaemenid Empire’ (Professor Eleanor Robson, UCL)

Wednesday 23rd May:

10am-1pm: Old Persian
2-4pm: 'An Egyptian Perspective on the use of Aramaic in the Achaemenid Empire' (Professor Christopher Tuplin, University of Liverpool)

Study Week dinner - Location to be confirmed

Thursday 24th May

10am-1pm: Old Persian
2-4pm: ‘The linguistic policy of the Achaemenids’ (Professor Jan Tavernier, UC Louvain)

Friday 25th May

10am-1pm: Old Persian
2-4pm: Old Persian tablet reading workshop at the British Museum (Dr Jonathan Taylor, British Museum) 

This event is now full; only applicants who have been accepted should complete the booking form.


Valerie James
020 7862 8716