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Rüdiger Schmitt

Rüdiger Schmitt. Stilistik der altpersischen Inschriften. Versuch einer Annäherung

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Rüdiger Schmitt. Stilistik der altpersischen Inschriften. Versuch einer Annäherung. Vienne: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2016, 126 p. (Sitzungsberichte der phil.-hist. Klasse 875 / Veröffentlichungen zur Iranistik 79 / Grammatica Iranica 3).

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1The present work is part of a series of important tools for the study of the Old Persian texts that Rüdiger Schmitt has contributed over the last years. He recently published a dictionary (Wörterbuch der altpersischen Königsinschriften, Wiesbaden, Reichert, 2014​9783954900176_woerterbuch_der_altpersischen_koenigsinschriften-detail) to go with his edition of the Achaemenid inscriptions (Die altpersischen Inschriften der Achaimeniden. Editio minor mit deutscher Übersetzung, Wiesbaden, Reichert, 2009​9783895006852_die_altpersischen_inschriften_der_achaimeniden-detail) and now offers a treatment of figures of speech that he has detected in this corpus.

2This takes the form of 43 entries or short articles of (mostly) one to three pages devoted to the individual figures of speech in alphabetical order, from Alliteration to Zeugma (a list of these in the table of contents would have been welcome). Each entry begins with a short definition and then presents Old Persian passages where the phenomenon is found. The work rests on the observation that the royal inscriptions, carved in rock, are obviously different from normal prose by their very nature and represent stylistically elaborate texts. The discussion carefully limits itself to the analysis of the Old Persian material without comparing data from other languages, giving priority to the interpretation of the texts in question and thus contributing to our understanding of many passages.

3These are then conveniently listed in an index that concludes the work.

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Agnes Korn. Rüdiger Schmitt, « Rüdiger Schmitt. Stilistik der altpersischen Inschriften. Versuch einer Annäherung », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 37-38-39 | 2018, document 16, mis en ligne le 30 décembre 2018, consulté le 23 novembre 2020. URL : ; DOI :

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