Training course in Sasanian Epigraphy
The main aim of the course in “Sasanian Epigraphy” is enable the local staff for managing the epigraphic material belonging to the site of Paikuli, in view of the next renovation of the exhibit halls of the Sulaimaniya Museum. In such a frame the trained staff will be able to suggest solutions for the exhibit and to set the inscribed blocks following the philological order. A deep knowledge of the cultural heritage preserved in the Museum and of its historical background is the main key to foster the growth of the same Institute and the development of a society aware of its own past. Concerning this last aspect an immediate feedback has been given by the acquired skill shown by the trained staff introducing the Paikuli inscription and explaining its cultural context during the daily visits performed by schools and young students. Therefore in a broader time term is expected that, through the dissemination of a remarkable branch of the national historical and cultural heritage, the course will have a strong impact on the local social environment.
The course as a whole is organized into four training periods and is divided into two complementary activities:
During this training section will be given an outline on the history of the Sasanian dynasty and of the Kurdistan region under the rule of this Iranian dynasty. Moreover the Middle Iranian languages and the development of the writing systems will be seen in their cultural context and introduced through the different kind of the epigraphic sources attested for this period (inscriptions, numismatic, seals and bullae). More thoroughly will be analyzed the different features concerning the Paikuli tower, its structure, its inscription and its geographical context. This theoretical phase is aimed to create the basis for a correct methodology that may support the practical analysis of Paikuli inscription.
II. Practical course:
The second section of the training course focuses on the reading and on the analysis of the Middle Persian and Parthian inscribed blocks. Through this practice the trainees will be able to record data from the analysis of the blocks belonging to the Paikuli inscription, being able to recognize the individual blocks and place them within a philological reconstruction. Moreover, at the end of the practical course, digital record cards with measures, pictures and transliteration of the blocks analyzed will be produced.