Rome, Italy

Introduction to Sahidic Coptic

blended course
when 29 May 2024 - 26 July 2024
language English
duration 9 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 300

The Coptic Language Summer School aims to provide students, scholars, and enthusiasts of ancient religious history with a comprehensive and well-founded understanding of the Coptic language, with a focus on the Sahidic variety. The course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements of Coptic grammar and morphology, enabling them to read and translate simple texts in the main classical variety of the language. The primary emphasis of the course will be on the Coptic verbal system, with some attention given to syntax.

This course is suitable for beginners with no prior knowledge of Coptic, but a basic understanding of ancient Greek may be helpful. The course is taught in English, and no previous knowledge of Coptic or other languages is required.

Throughout the course, students are offered opportunities to practice reading and translating Coptic texts, while engaging in discussions of the cultural and historical contexts in which Coptic texts were produced.

By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired a solid foundation in Coptic grammar and morphology, as well as a basic proficiency in reading and translating simple Coptic texts. The course is designed to provide an essential foundation for further study of Coptic language and literature, as well as for research in the field of ancient religious history.

The Coptic Summer School program offers three types of learning experiences:

Classes (9-11 AM CET from Monday to Saturday): these lectures are conducted in English every morning for two hours, during which the instructor provides necessary grammatical knowledge using a shared virtual screen and digital handouts. There are ample opportunities for discussion and further exploration with participants. The instructor assigns exercises to be completed independently by participants throughout the day.

Tutoring Sessions (6-7:30 PM CET every day except Tuesday and Thursday): these sessions take place in the late afternoon and involve group correction of exercises assigned during class. The tutoring sessions also offer an opportunity to ask the instructor for additional clarification and for the instructor to assess the progress of learning and make appropriate adjustments as necessary.

Conferences (6-7:30 CET Tuesday and Thursday): they are specialist conferences held twice a week in the late afternoon by a guest professor. The conferences focus on historical and cultural content with a practical approach. Typically, the conferences begin with an analysis of selected passages in the Coptic language, followed by cultural and religious exploration of the late antique Egyptian world.

Online Attendance
The course is fully online and will be conducted through the Zoom platform for all classes, Conferences, and tutoring sessions. Additionally, students will have access to a web platform until August 31, 2022, which contains a range of learning materials and recordings of all lectures. This online access provides students with a convenient way to review course content and catch up on any missed classes.

Course leader

Andrea Annese, Daniele Tripaldi (Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna); Sebastian Richter (Freie Universität Berlin); Jens Schröter (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin); Anna van den Kerchove (Institut Protestant de Théologie de Paris); Marta Addessi, F

Target group

Qualified students, scholars and people passionate about ancient religious history. The course is suitable for beginners with no prior knowledge of Coptic.

Course aim

The course Introduction to Sahidic Coptic ensures a solid foundation in Coptic grammar and morphology, fostering proficiency in reading and translating simple Coptic texts.

Credits info

6 EC
Upon completion of the course, students who have demonstrated qualified and successful participation in class activities will receive a certificate. This certificate will be sent to participants via email a few weeks after the conclusion of the course.

The certificate grants 6 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) and acknowledges 150 hours of didactic activity. The total teaching activity consists of 50 hours, of which 37 hours are dedicated to class activities such as lectures and conferences, and the remaining hours are dedicated to exercise resolution and tutoring. An additional 100 hours are calculated for the study of the bibliography provided to the students and the materials made available on the web platform.

Students are required to total a minimum 80% attendance to receive the certificate and credits. In case of insufficient attendance or arguable behaviour, the course director may decide not to issue an attendance certificate. In this last case, registration fees may not be refunded.

Fee info

EUR 300: The regular tuition fee is 300 EUR.
For all the students regularly enrolled in an academic year of a recognized University, the tuition fee amounts to 250 EUR. To be entitled to such a reduction, they must enclose a University Proof of Enrollment.


No scholarships are available.