Avestan

Avestan /əˈvɛstən/,[1] also known historically as Zend, comprises two languages: Old Avestan (spoken in the 2nd millennium BCE) and Younger Avestan (spoken in the 1st millennium BCE). The languages are known only from their use as the language of Zoroastrian scripture (the Avesta), from which they derive their name. Both are early Iranian languages, a branch of the Indo-Iranian languages within the Indo-European family. Its immediate ancestor was the Proto-Iranian language, a sister language to the Proto-Indo-Aryan language, with both having developed from the earlier Proto-Indo-Iranian. As such, Old Avestan is quite close in grammar and lexicon to Vedic Sanskrit, the oldest preserved Indo-Aryan language.

Avestan
𐬎𐬞𐬀𐬯𐬙𐬀𐬎𐬎𐬀𐬐𐬀𐬉𐬥𐬀
RegionEastern Iranian Plateau
EraIron Age, Late Bronze Age
Language codes
ISO 639-1ae
ISO 639-2ave
ISO 639-3ave
Glottologaves1237
Linguasphere58-ABA-a
Yasna 28.1, Ahunavaiti Gatha (Bodleian MS J2)
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The Avestan text corpus was composed in ancient Arachosia, Aria, Bactria, and Margiana,[2] corresponding to the entirety of present-day Afghanistan, and parts of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The Yaz culture[3] of Bactria-Margiana has been regarded as a likely archaeological reflection of the early "Eastern Iranian" culture described in the Avesta.