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Title: A Critical Note on Two Old Persian Calques in Official Aramaic
Author(s): MAKUJINA, John
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 38    Date: 2001   
Pages: 178-185
DOI: 10.2143/ANES.38.0.1096

Abstract :
Two expressions considered Old Persian loan-translations in Official Aramaic warrant further examination. The first, “let it be known,” is unattested in Old Persian, and may be after all indigenous to Northwest Semitic. The second calque, “make war,” is even more tenuous, despite its abundant attestation in Old Persian. Apart from Old Persian and Aramaic it appears in Hebrew and Akkadian and is basic enough to occur in almost any language. The author recommends that both calques be considered uncertain.

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