Coptic Language: Sahidic I (AL8300A)

Semester: 2, 2022 (25 Jul – 28 Oct)

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Campus: N/A

Mode: Online

Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Credit: 24

Census: 16 Aug 2022

13 weekly sessions offered in asynchronous and synchronous modes combining live and pre-recorded lectures, group discussions, readings and online forums.

There are various Coptic dialects; the first and oldest being the Upper Egyptian dialect known as Sahidic. It was this dialect that the Biblical texts were translated to in the 3rd century, and early Egyptian monastic texts and Coptic martyrologies were first composed. This unit will study vocabulary and grammar of Sahidic Coptic, as well as explore some of the various sources of Sahidic.

Learning outcomes
  • Recognise and memorise foundational Sahidic Coptic vocabulary
  • Read Coptic script and phonetic structure
  • Identify Coptic grammatical structures at an elementary level
  • Compare the differences between Bohairic and Sahidic dialects within the same text
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Coptic texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
Type Description Weight (%)
Invigilated exam Exam (1 hour) 30%
Invigilated exam Exam (1 hour) 30%
Other 8 short exercises 40%

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