TIL about Avestan, an ancient Iranian language known to us only from its use as the language of the Avesta, the Zoroastrian scripture.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avestan

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  1. “The script used for writing Avestan developed during the 3rd or 4th century AD. By then the language had been extinct for many centuries, and remained in use only as a liturgical language of the Avesta canon. As is still the case today, the liturgies were memorized by the priesthood and recited by rote.”

    Interesting that it was only written down centuries after becoming a dead language.

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