Middle Persian literature

Middle Persian Literature

Middle Persian literature

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Middle Persian literature also called Pahlavi literature is Persian literature of the 1st millennium AD, especially of the Sassanid period.

Literature of Pahlavi

Pahlavi Literature can be divided in three parts:
  1. the Pahlavi version of the Avesta, generally known as the 'Zend-Avesta'.
  2. Pahlavi texts on religious subjects.
  3. Pahlavi texts on non-religious subjects.


Pahlavi translations of Avesta texts

This includes several major Pahlavi texts which are translations of Avesta texts. It includes also some Afringan, Yasht and Niyayishn.

Some major Pahlavi books of this kind are:
  1. Vendidad
  2. Afringan-i Gahanbar
  3. Yasna
  4. Haptan Yasht
  5. Nirangistan
  6. Srosh Yasht Hadokht
  7. Vishtasp Yasht
  8. Sirozak I, II
  9. Visperad
  10. Frahang-i Oim-evak
  11. Khurshet Nyayish
  12. Ahuramazd Yasht
  13. Aban Nyayish
  14. Bahram Yasht
  15. Afringan-i Dahman
  16. Hadokht Nask
  17. Afringan- Gatha
  18. Aogemadaecha
  19. Khurshet Yasht
  20. Chitak avistak-i gasan
  21. Mah Yasht
  22. Ataxsh Nyayish
  23. Vichirkart-i Denig
  24. Afaringan Fravartigan
  25. Mah Nyayish


Pahlavi texts on religious subjects

It includes several major Pahlavi texts about different Zoroastrian religious subjects such as cosmogony, cosmology, eschatology, creation of the world, ceremonies, rituals, Andarz, Pandnamak, Patit etc.

Major 9th-century texts include the encyclopedic Denkard; Manushchihr's Dadestain-i Denig ("Religious Decisions") and Epistles; the treatises of...
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