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Reading Coptic 2 ADED2053

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This level 2 course builds upon language skills and cultural and historical knowledge acquired at Level 1, and covers the background necessary for students to develop their skills in reading Sahidic Coptic texts (from c.350 CE-750 CE) with increasing fluency and comprehension. On a weekly basis, students will study specific aspects of grammar tailored to allow them to read one or more texts selected from across the whole spectrum of Coptic literature in this period, with particular emphasis on social life in Egypt at this time and the later history of Thebes.


Block 3

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Thursday, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry

Recommended: ADED1837E Coptic: the language and lives of early Christians in Egypt, or equivalent experience.

Excluded Courses






Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to specific developmental aspects of Coptic grammar

■ Provide students with Coptic texts that both engage their reading skills and develop their understanding of the scope of Coptic literature and its role in late antique Egyptian society

■ Encourage students to engage with primary sources, both textual and archaeological, which improve their understanding of Egyptian culture and society during the transition from pharaonic rule to Byzantine rule

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Read and critically analyse primary sources for the study of Ancient Egypt in the period 350 CE-750 CE

■ Develop their comprehension of the grammar and orthography of Sahidic Coptic texts written during this period

■ Engage with primary evidence for the history of Late Antique Egypt during the period 350 CE-750 CE (including the interpretation of original sources as well as transcriptions)

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits