Coptic Language and Lives, Level 2 ADED2040E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

For those with an elementary background in the Coptic language, this course will develop existing skills for reading Sahidic Coptic texts of various kinds, including letters, gospels, sayings of the desert fathers, and martyrdom stories.  


This course will not be delivered in the current academic session.

Requirements of Entry

Coptic, level 1, required for entry into this class.

Excluded Courses





Four set translation exercises drawn from original Coptic texts, provided by the tutor (due in weeks 6, 11, 16, 21; each worth 15% of the final grade), plus one final written examination of 90 minutes (40%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims generally:

- to develop existing skills for reading Sahidic Coptic, particularly through greater knowledge of the language and increased familiarity with various types of text.

Specifically it aims to enable students:

- to read a number of representative Coptic texts from AD 250-750, such as extracts from the sayings of the desert fathers, an apocryphal gospel, a martyrdom story, and letters and other communications from the early Christian communities of Egypt.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

(i) develop and extend their knowledge and facility in reading a specific foreign language (Sahidic Coptic), (ii) enhance their knowledge of early Coptic culture and literature,

and (iii) consider, in discussion, how to use primary sources for understanding early Christianity and Christian Egypt up to the 8th Century.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.