The Old persian language was one of the
original Iranian languages. This language surfaced at the same
time as Zoroaster's Gatha (ca. 12-10 B.C.) and disappeared at the
end of the Achaemenid period. (ca. 300 B.C.)
History of Indo-European Languages
By Thomas V. Gamkrelidze and V.V. Ivanov from the Scientific
American, March 1999.
Old Persian Languages and Scripts
An introduction to the history of Persian language. Covers old, middle and
The aim of the Achaemenid Royal
Inscriptions project is to create an electronic
study edition of the inscriptions of the Achaemenid Persian kings in all of their
versions--Old Persian, Elamite, Akkadian, and, where appropriate,
Aramaic and Egyptian.