• The first voloume of the series Avestan Manuscripts in Iran has already appeared: The Liturgical Widewdad manuscript ms. 4161 (Wandidad-e Jahanbaxshi), Girona-Tehran, 2015. More info here
  • The book A. Cantera, Vers une édition de la liturgie longue zoroastrienne. Pensées et travaux préliminaires (Cahiers de Studia iranica , 51) has been published.
  • Bahram Boroumand helds a seminary on Avestan Paleography at the University of Salamanca between July 7 and 10, 2014
  • The Exhition The Everlasting Flame (11th october-14th december 2013, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London) shows a nice sample of Avestan manuscripts usually hosted in the British Library
  • The text of the Yasna ī Rapihwin ceremony is already available in ADA, vid. complete ceremonies"
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Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library


Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

 In spite of being the oldest collection of Avestan manuscripts in Europe, the Bodleian Library in Oxford has only 4 Avestan manuscripts. Richard Cobbe was the first who brought to England in 1723 a manuscript from Surat. This manuscript is Geldner’s O2, now Bodl. Or. 321. Some years later, Frazer brought from Surat another manuscript, namely Geldner’s O3, now Frazer 258. Other manuscripts in the Bodleian Library belonged to Sir Gore Ouseley (1770-1844). In 1787 Ouseley established in India, where he learnt Persian, Sanskrit and Arabian. He came back to England with many manuscripts in several languages. Among these manuscripts was Geldner’s O1. After he died, the Bodleian Library acquired it.

These are the Avestan manuscripts preserved in this library:

-         Pahlavī Yasna: O1, J2

-         Xwardag Abastāg Sāde: O3 (=Fraser 258)

-         Vīdēvdād Sāde: O2 (=Bodl. Or. 321)