PARTHIAN AND MIDDLE-PERSIAN DOCUMENTS FROM SOUTH TURKMENISTAN A SURVEY V.A. LIVSHITS and A.B. NIKITIN (St. Petersburg) Abstract A survey is given of Parthian inscriptions on ceramics (5 sets published and 12 unpublished) from the region, recently discovered or released for study, which are not included in the Corpus inscriptionum iranicarum. 38 published and 1 unpublished sets of Middle Persian documents discovered in the 20th c. arc briefly described. I. Parthian Documents Besides the ostraca from Nisa discovered between 1948 and 1963, more than 2000 thousand documents of the 1 st c. B.C. representing the archives of the royal Parthian wine-cellars,1 there have been some new finds of Parthian inscriptions from various sites in South Turkmenistan. There are also some documents from earlier finds which have only recently become available for study. The aim of the present article is to survey all these documents, pub- lished and unpublished, which were not included in the volumes of the Corpus inscriptionum iranicarum. 1. V.A. Livshits, "Novye parfyanskie nadpisi iz Turkmenii," in: Istoriya i arkheologiya Srednej Asii. Ashkhabad, 1978, p. 138-147. This article presents the publication of several Parthian inscriptions on ceramic vessels from the follow- ing three sites of South Turkmenistan:
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Published: Jan 1, 1995
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