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Possibly when Old Persian, i. Philologically speaking, the Avestic language runs parallel to and is contemporaneous with Sanskrit and, apparently, the origin of both these languages can be traced back to yet another ancient language which was perhaps the original language of the Indo-Iranian Aryan stock.

The language of the coins and inscriptions of the Achaemenians, ever since they came to power in the middle of the sixth century B. This language is also contemporaneous with Avestic, and the growth and development of the two dates back to the same age. There are reasons to believe that when Avestic was passing through the early stages of development in the eastern provinces of the Iranian plateau the Old Persian language was also making headway in the west and south-west of Iran.

With the establishment of the Achaemenian Empire the people of Iran suddenly found themselves to be the neighbours of various Semitic nations of western Asia including the regions of western Iran.

The Semitic languages made an inroad into the country and their influence was so strong that the Aramaic language and script were officially adopted by the Iranians.

The Achaemenian kings were men of liberal views and they guarded full freedom of belief to their subject races as well as liberty to develop their own languages.

That is why the cuneiform Achaemenian inscriptions are recorded not only in Old Persian but also a parallel translation of the same runs of Syriac, Elamite, Nabataean, and Aramaic languages. It appears certain that either they spoke the same tongue, i. Old Persian, or their languages had very close kinship with each other.

We find no traces of the Median language in the Achaemenian inscriptions. Apparently, if the Medes had spoken a different language, the Achaemenian emperors who had employed the Syriac, Ealmite, and Nabataean languages in their inscriptions would certainly not have ignored Median. Moreover, a couple of words of this language and the names of the Median chiefs that have come down to us suffice to establish the close affinity of Median with Old Persian.

Right down to the Christian era Greek is the only language to be seen in the Seleucid and Parthian writings. Needless to say that during this span of three and a half centuries the Iranian languages continued to flourish. Old Persian, however, is an exception, which gradually went out of use. We can witness definite marks of decay in the Old Persian writings of the later Achaemenian period in contrast with those of the earlier one.

At the dawn of the Christian era we find two languages in the Iranian plateau running parallel to each other. One of these grew and developed in the eastern regions. The above-mentioned two languages have very intimate relationship and these have apparently stemmed from the same origin. On the contrary, it accepted the influence of the eastern languages such as Tukhari, Sughdian, and Khwarizmi.

At first the Aramaic script was adopted for both the languages. Later, however, a change took place and certain Aramaic letters were put together in Pahlawi to form what later came to be known the Pahlawi script. The Orientalists did not fully grasp the significance of these subtle technical differences and they have been treating old Pahlawi and Dari as one language. Consequently, they have been employing the terms Northern Pahlawi or the Parthian Pahlawi for the later language.

In recent times, however, some of them have defined it as the Parthian language whereas Pahlawi itself has been referred to as the Southern or Sassanian Pahlawi. The number of the extant pre-Islamic works of these two languages is very small. Both Dari and Pahlawi possessed literature of their own before the advent of Islam.

This literature, unfortunately, has not come down to us. The dynasties which sprang up in the eastern regions raised the structure of their national politics on the basis of language. They gradually conquered the whole country. It gained supremacy in other regions also where Pahlawi had been the popular spoken language until then.

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From this date Dari became the undisputed literary language of Iran and, like many other dialects prevalent in the country, Pahlawi was reduced to the status of a dialect.

The first specimens of Pahlawi literature which belong to the early centuries of the Hijrah consist of a number of books of religious nature which the Iranian Zoroastrians had written with the specific object of preserving their Canon Law. These books were taken to the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent when the Zoroastrians migrated there. European scholars have been publishing their texts since the last century. Amongst these, certain books are claimed to have belonged originally to the pre-Islamic Sassanian era.

There is ample evidence, however, to prove that these were composed during the Islamic period. What is now known of Pahlawi literature is confined to these very books and treatises. They suggest that Pahlawi literature had, at any rate towards the end of the Sassanian period, flourished on a vast scale. It is an undeniable fact that, while during the years which immediately preceded the Saljuq period, Dari had been recognized as the literary language of the country; Pahlawi had flourished on the north, south, and west of the present day Iran.

These centres extended even to Sistan. This explains why the most eminent poets of this language down to the Saljuq period hailed from these particular cities. Gradually, Dari expanded from Khurasan and Transoxiana to other parts of Iran, so that by the Ghaznawid period it had extended to Gurgan, Damghan, and Rayy, and by the Saljuq era it had travelled as far away as Adharbaijan, Isbahan, and Hamadan.

That is why these two great poets have revelled in the mastery of this language and in the expression of their poetic genius through it. Both of them also composed verse in the Pahlawi dialect of Fars, popularly known as the Shirazi language.

The rules of prosody of Arabic poetry were formulated by Khalil ibn Ahmad. These were assiduously observed by the Iranian writers in their Persian works. Considerable literature was produced on the subject both in Iran and in the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent. Metres can be classified into three groups, i.

The irst contained in order the Cratylus, Sophist, Statesman, Parmenides, and Euthydemus, the second the irst four books of the Republic, the third the remaining six books of the Republic followed by the Timaeus, and the fourth the Laws. Of course, if we assume that H. Leaving aside questions of H. In any case, we have no evidence that the other four books of the Galenic compendia unavailable to H. The Muslim philosopher limits his discussion of the Timaeus to the opening of the dialogue, where the characters review the conclusions reached in the Republic and Critias relates the myth of Atlantis, according to which a primordial Athens is supposed to have in fact achieved the perfect form of government set out in that earlier dialogue.

In the absence of any such representative, such questions have until now remained unanswerable. With the Expositio at hand, we are in the unique and exciting position of being able to examine in detail what Rosenthal and Walzer irst posited in general terms.

The most obvious similarity between the two texts is stylistic. Apuleius introduces these opinions throughout with the impersonal verb placet and personal verbs like ostendit and decernit.

A reordering of the dialogues that nevertheless borrowed in places from previous arrangements may have been standard practice for this sort of exposition. In terms of content, we ind a fair amount of overlap. Strikingly, both texts share the typical Middle Platonic reading of the Parmenides discussed above. We nevertheless glimpse that, just like the Expositio, it too treated Critias and Timaeus as historical igures on a par with Socrates, whose opinions Plato is relating to us.

See also Galen, De placitis Hippocratis et Platonis, 9. Apuleius preserves the Thrasyllan grouping of these dialogues together. So too the Plato, which nevertheless confuses the Crito and the Apology and then treats the Apology of Socrates now with a slightly diferent title in the Arabic in the same section dealing with the Phaedo. Similarly, a discussion of Socrates as paragon of virtue consumes a large part of the Phaedo— Apology summary in the Plato section By contrast, Apuleius ignores the dramatic setting of the Menexenus and its potential ironies: Praeterea eloquentiae ostendit rationem qua mortuorum laudatio explicatur; deinde quomodo ea quae vulgo bona existimantur, si non cum virtute habeantur, nullius pretii sint.

Next, after that, he examined what ranks the people of the city should accord to kings, philosophers, and virtuous men, how they should glorify them, and how virtuous men and kings should be extolled. This is found in a book which he entitled the Menexenus. He related that those who preceded him had neglected this. Take, for example, his Euthyphro summary: In Euthyphrone argumentatione demonstrat quomodo dii inmortales bona quidem praestent, numquam autem malorum causas inferant.

Is Apuleius troubled by the critique of religiously motivated morality implicit in the Euthyphro and trying to smooth things over? This emphasis may have been present to some extent in the lost source itself. Such an emphasis would not be out of the question for a Middle Platonic source. On occasion, his chisel marks show. To give another example: