Aramaic Languages (Ancient Aramaic, Syriac) B

lglor1642  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Aramaic Languages (Ancient Aramaic, Syriac) B
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Q1 and Q2

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2020-2021 !

Main themes
An initiation into Aramaic Languages (Ancient Aramaic, Syriac).
Alternately with LGLOR1641, this course gives an overview about the main historical and geographical features of the development of Aramaic languages and writing systems in the Middle East from the 1st millennium B.C. until pre-modern times. It focus in the first semester on Syriac-Aramaic language. The course deals with the different writings. The linguistic and syntax system will be refreshed by reading various texts (biblical, historical apocryphal, poesy). The use of basic lexical tools will be explained. In the 2nd semester, the course explains the alphabet, the morphology and syntactical system of ancient Aramaic. Simple vocalised texts will be read (parts from Daniel, Esdras et Targums) by use of the basic tools. Students have to do exercises for each course in Ancient and Syriac Aramaic in preparing the reading of texts.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, the student will have acquired a better knowledge of ancient Aramaic and Syriac languages and literatures. He will be able to read, translate and analyze texts of simple and average difficulty.
Cf. la documentation sur Moodle
  • S. Brock et al. (ed.), The Hidden Pearl. The Syrian Orthodox Church and its Ancient Aramaic Heritage, vol. I et II, Roma 2001
  • J.F. Healey, Leshono Suryoyo. First Studies in Syriac, Piscataway 2005;
  • L. Costaz, Grammaire Syriaque, Beyrouth 1952  (réimpr. 1964);
  • J. Payne Smith, A Compendious Syriac Dictionary, Oxford 1903 (plusieurs editions online)
Teaching materials
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Oriental Studies

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies