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The symbol was also used on some of the coin mints of the frataraka of Persis in the late 3rd and early 2nd BC centuries. Even after the Arab conquest of Iran , Zoroastrianism continued to be part of Iranian culture. Throughout the year, festivities are celebrated such as Nowruz , Mehregan , and Chaharshanbe Suri which relate to Zoroastrian festivals and calendar.. These are remnants of Zoroastrian traditions. From the start of the 20th century, the faravahar icon found itself in public places and became a known icon among Iranians.

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Before the Parthian Empire was ruled by Arsacids dynasty, Parthian was only a tongue spoken in the small region, but later it spread to all Iran, Armenia, was used in Central Asia. It was spoken widely even in Sasanid Empire, until the 6th century AD. There are three pairs of vowel phonemes in Parthian - long and short a, i, u, and two single long vowels e, o which appeared from ancient diphthongs. The grammar structure can be characterized by analytism: ancient categories of gender and case were lost in noun declension, final endings of verbs were replaced by analytic construction using the ancient participle in -ta-.

However, in early inscriptions indirect cases and verb inflections can be somehow seen. Parthian script was a descendant of Aramaic alphabets. The oldest documents found include the economic documents from Nisa 1st century BC. They are written in Parthian script with additions of ideograms, as well as rock inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century AD. Sasanian Pahlavi: The language of the Sasanian Empire AD was Middle Persian, often called Pahlavi a term more strictly reserved for a form of the language used in certain Zoroastrian writings.

Middle Persian has a simpler grammar than Old Persian and was usually written in an ambiguous script with multivalent letters, adopted from Aramaic; it declined after the Arab conquest in the 7th century. Although much of the Middle Persian literature was translated into Arabic, the bulk of its writings was lost during Islamic times.

In Middle Persian times phonetics changes greatly: e. Much influence it suffered from Parthian and other neighbor languages, and certainly from Arabic. The morphology now becomes completely analytic, loses genders and cases, many verbal forms. You can either search for one of the Pahlavi entries under Pahlavi or under English for a translation, grammatical or other information listed in the CPD.

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