Languages and Scripts in Graeco-Bactria and the Saka kingdoms

The introduction and spread of Aramaic in Central Asia was of central importance in the diffusion of literacy, being used as an administrative language at the court of the Achaemenid Empire (sixth to fourth century BC). The language spoken on a daily basis by the peoples of this region however is far more difficult to assess, as are the languages spoken by the Southern Saka tribes who moved into this region.

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  • Author(s):
    J.Harmatta
    Themes:
    Era:
    6th to 4th century BC
    Language of article:
    English
    Source:

    History of Civilizations in Central Asia, Volume II

    Format:
    PDF
    Countries:
    Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

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