I visited Persepolis today. Persepolis proved to be a great way to end the year and to reflect on the passage of time. More unexpectedly, Persepolis also proved to be an occasion to reflect on linguistic diversity and languages in contact. To begin with, one of the central sites of Persepolis, the Hall of Nations, is explicitly devoted to diversity with its sculptures of 23 national delegations paying tribute to the Persian king. One of the guide books says “Unlike Assyrian, Egyptian, and Babylonian analogies, these delegations seem calm and happy, coming as free and invited guests rather than brought as slaves and forced into prostration before the royal throne.”
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