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Cultural History of Aramaic


Admission requirements

Good knowledge of Biblical Hebrew.

Knowledge of Aramaic is not required.


This course encompasses the study of the language of a first millennium community writing in Aramaic as well as the study of the literary, epigraphical and archaeological sources that are fundamental to its cultural history.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with an important first millennium variety of Aramaic and will be capable to study independently its documents.
The course also contributes to the improvement of the presentation and writing skills of the students.

The requirements for MA and ResMA students are differentiated: MA students will present an oral report on a book or several articles on a related subject and write a blog aimed at a general public; ResMA students will present a short pitch which encompasses a critical review of several publications (books and/or articles) on a selected subject and write a blog aimed at a scholarly public.

This research seminar contributes to the achievement of learning outcomes 4a and 4c (to give and write a clear and well-argued oral and written presentation on a research topic in accordance with academic standards) of the study programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • One written Aramaic language test in class (10%)

  • Written examination with essay questions (40%)

  • Oral presentation (30%) and blog (20%)


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average of its components. Both the written examination and the oral presentation need to be sufficient.


Only the final written examination (40%), the oral presentation (30%) and the blog (20%) can be taken in the resit.

Inspection and feedback

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

The reading list will be handed out during the first class.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

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Mw. Dr. M.L. (Margaretha) Folmer


The subject of this course may change from year to year. For students with a previous knowledge of Aramaic the course work will be adjusted accordingly.