Persian Language & Literature

Parthian Script


The Parthian script developed from the Aramaic alphabet around the 2nd century BCE and was used during the Parthian and Sassanid periods of the Persian Empire. The latest known inscription dates from 292 CE.


Notable Features
  • 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.