Online, Romania

Coptic Language - Beginners

online course
when 12 July 2021 - 6 August 2021
language English
duration 4 weeks
fee EUR 150

Dan Slușanschi School of Classical and Oriental Languages offers this year an intensive summer course in Sahidic Coptic. Coptic is the last phase of Egyptian and a key witness of Early Christian spirituality since it covered a very important and, until recently, a rather neglected cultural area. A very rich literature of various interest is, unlike other ancient literary traditions, still awaiting its cartographers: Gnostic, Manichaean, Christian works (both original and translations from other traditions) make of Coptic an unavoidable landmark for all those interested in the study of religion.

Coptic is also a very important Oriental language whose study provides those interested in linguistics with the absolute satisfaction that only an isolated language of old cultural tradition and spectacular evolution can give. For those coming from Egyptology, Coptic is the last movement of the dragon, for those coming from Indo-European languages, Coptic is an unbelievable journey into a peculiar linguistic system, and for all interested in learning Coptic it is a unique experience of an easy, yet complex language. One hour of theory will be followed by one hour of exercises so that, by the end of the course, students will be able to read original texts of medium difficulty. The main method followed will be Bentley Layton’s Sahidic Coptic in Twenty Lessons. The instructors of the course are: Alin Suciu Ph.D., senior researcher at the Science Academy of Göttingen, one of the most important personalities of Coptic Studies worldwide, and Ștefan Colceriu Ph. D., researcher at the Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti Institute for Linguistics, Romanian Academy, editor and translator into Romanian of the Coptic Paterikon. The course will be held 5 days a week for four weeks, with 2 hours of instruction per day, for a total of 40 course hours.

The final hours of the course will be decided together with all participants and the instructor, once the enrolment period is over, depending on the time zones of the instructors and the participants. Nevertheless, please mind that for this course the starting hours will be no later than 15.00 hours GMT+3.

Course leader

Alin Suciu and and Stefan Colceriu.

Target group

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the course. In twenty days of intensive study, students will start from ground zero and will be initiated in all aspects of the Coptic grammar. One hour of theory will be followed by one hour of exercises so that, by the end of the course, students will be able to read original texts of medium difficulty. The main method followed will be Bentley Layton’s Sahidic Coptic in Twenty Lessons. The instructors of the course are: Alin Suciu Ph.D., senior researcher at the Science Academy of Göttingen, one of the most important personalities of Coptic Studies worldwide, and Ștefan Colceriu Ph. D., researcher at the Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti Institute for Linguistics, Romanian Academy, editor and translator into Romanian of the Coptic Paterikon.

Course aim

The course aim is to prepare students to reach a proficiency level in Coptic allowing them to take an Lower Intermediate level course if they so choose.

Fee info

EUR 150: Digital and wire transfer fees are the responsibility of the student.